Nigeria’s National Women’s Team, the Super Falcons have qualified for the Olympic games in Rio next year as their opponents for the qualifying fixture, Mali withdrew from the qualifiers.
The Super Falcons were meant to clash with their Malian counterparts on the 9th of May in Akwa Ibom before playing the return leg one week from the 9th of May in Mali. The Malians however withdrew from the fixture yesterday as was announced by a spokesperson for the NFF, thereby giving the Super Falcons an automatic ticket to the Olympic games as the clash with Mali was meant to be the final series of the qualifiers. The Super Falcons who were full of confidence heading into the match having defeated Mali 9-1 on aggregate in their most recent encounter to qualify for the African Women’s Championship would now have ample time to prepare for the tournament itself.
Mali are yet to offer an explanation for their withdrawal at this time and the Falcons are set to take advantage of the free time to better prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup which kicks off next month.