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  • Updated: April 11, 2024

Olympic games: Super Falcons delegation returns to Nigeria, reveals SAFA's harsh treatment

Olympic games: Super Falcons delegation returns to Nigeria,

Nigeria's delegation to Tuesday's 2024 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament final qualifying game against South Africa has returned with plaudits from the team showered on Nigeria’s Charge d’Affaires at the Nigeria High Commission in Pretoria, Alexander Tope Ajayi.

The Super Falcons dug deep to ensure that Nigeria's flag will be hoisted at the Games in Paris after a 1-0 aggregate win over the Bayana Bayana as the return leg ended in a scoreless draw.

The Nigerian side has not made an appearance at the Olympics for 16 years- the last participation being at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Most of the players and Coach Randy Waldrum left for their different bases direct from Johannesburg while eight players and the other team officials flew back to Lagos on Wednesday night aboard a South African Airways flight.

NFF’s Director of Competitions, Ruth David in a release made available to Allnews.ng revealed that South African Football Association authorities abandoned the Super Falcons immediately after Tunisian referee Dorsaf Ganouati’s final whistle confirmed that Nigeria, and not South Africa, would be joining Brazil, Spain and Japan in Group C of this year’s Olympic Tournament.

“SAFA officials made it clear that we were thenceforth on our own. They said the bus would not move us anywhere again, that their responsibilities ended with the final whistle. They only took us back to the hotel, and no longer detailed security personnel for the delegation.

“We must commend the Charge d’Affaires in the Nigerian High Commission in Pretoria, Mr Alexander Tope Ajayi for all his efforts.

“He made the team feel comfortable and at home right from our arrival, organized dinner for the team and mobilized and provided transport for Nigerians based in Pretoria to come to the stadium and support the team. He also organized transport and saw the team off to the airport on departure.”

Rasheedat Ajibade’s well-taken penalty separated the two leading African women's teams over both legs and sent the Falcons to France, while the Banyana will miss a third Olympics after their only previous appearance in London 12 years ago.

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