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Nigeria get Cameroon third round date in Paris 2024 Olympic qualifiers



By Monsurah Olatunji

Nigeria women’s national team will battle Cameroon on Friday in the qualifiers for the 2024 Olympic Games slated for France.
The Super Falcons last graced the Olympic stage in 2008, bowing out at the group stage in China.
However, both sides are no strangers to each other as they have met 11 times with Nigeria having the upper hand of nine wins and two losses.
Their most recent encounter came two years ago, at the quarter-final of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.
However, the Lionesses can take confidence in the fact that both their wins against Nigeria came at home as they will be playing home first.
To reach this stage, Cameroon overturned a two-goal deficit after suffering a 2-0 loss to Uganda in the first leg but bounced back with a 3-0 victory in the return leg.
On the other hand, Nigeria cruised through a comfortable 5-0 victory at home, followed by a 2-1 win in the second leg.
Although, their journey to London 2012 was halted by Cameroon in a penalty shootout, while Equatorial Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire dashed their hopes for Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, respectively.
Now, to secure a spot in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament for the first time in 16 years, the Falcons must overcome the  Lionesses hurdle to reach the final qualification stage.
The first leg against the Indomitable Lionesses takes place at Douala’s Stade de la Reunification on Friday evening, with the second leg set for Abuja at the MKO Abiola National Stadium.
This Olympic qualifying game will kick-off time is 6 pm WAT on Friday, February 23, and it will be aired by Cameroonian station CRTV which can stream on YouTube across Nigeria.

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