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  • Updated: February 23, 2024

Paris 2024 Olympics qualifier: 4 takeaways from Super Falcons' draw against Cameroon

Paris 2024 Olympics qualifier: 4 takeaways from Super Falcon

Nigeria's hope to return to the women's football tournament of the Olympics took a hit on Friday evening as they were held to a goalless draw by hosts, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at the Stade de Reunification in Douala. 

Allnews.ng presents the four takeaways from the game as below:


1. Spurious call to rule out Nigeria's 'goal'

Ugandan match official, Shamirah Nabadda ruled out a Jennifer Echegini 54th-minute goal for supposedly being in an offside position. 

The VAR is not in use on this occasion but eagle-eyed observers could conveniently tell that the Nigerian forward was not offside as ruled. 

Talks of an agenda against the Nigerians are however unsubstantiated. 

 

2. Lost chances by the Falcons 

The officiating may have been questionable, the decision to rule out Echegini's goal was outrightly unjust, but the nine-time African champions also missed some good chances to score one or two goals. 

Current African Women's Footballer of the Year, Asisat Oshoala and Toni Payne were the biggest culprits as they wasted the chances that came to them. 

Had they converted, that might have changed the course of the game heading into the return leg on Monday. 


3. Ajibade could have been the key 

Super Falcons head coach Randy Waldrum elected to start Rasheedat Ajibade in central midfield and play Toni Payne out wide. 

That tactical switch may not have been the best as Ajibade thrives utilising her speed. 

The forward is direct and her pace could have been useful. Payne struggled to impress on the wings and did not have a good evening in Douala


4. Challenge for Oshoala 

Super Falcons striker and Africa's best, Asisat Oshoala threw a strop for being substituted by Rinsola Babajide in the second half. 

Oshoala did not make the best out of the chances she got in the game. 

Rather than sulk over the decision to substitute her in the 0-0 draw, the striker can channel her anger to the Cameroonians and ensure that she is more clinical in front of PGSL when Both teams meet in the reverse fixture on Monday. 

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