Nigeria’s Super Faclon, will play no part in the 2020 Olympic Games for the third time in a row after they played a 1-1 draw against Cote d’Ivoire yesterday at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.
The African champions are out of the qualifying race after bowing to their neighbouring rivals on the away goal rule following a goalless first-leg draw in Abidjan.
It would be recalled that Christopher Danjuma’s side bow out of the qualifiers at the same stage as four years ago.
Coach Danjuma made three changes to the side that started at Parc des Sports, Treichville, with Gift Monday, Rasheedat Ajibade and Ngozi Ebere earning starting places.
The nine times African champion, started the encounter on a high note with debutant Monday finding space in front of the Ivorian box, but her shot was denied by goalkeeper Djohore Cynthia in the eighth minute.
The visitors takes the lead in the 12th minutes of play as Nina Kapho fired home with a free-kick just outside the Nigeria’s box.
After seeing her effort go wide in the 28th minute, Barcelona forward, Asisat Oshoala made a brilliant solo run to restore parity six minutes later to ensure the first half ended level.
At the restart of the contest, the hosts made an uninspiring start with Chinaza Uchenda and Folashade Ijamilusi coming on but they failed to find a breakthrough as the visitors won on away goals.
The third round result means the reigning African queens will miss the Olympic Games for the third successive time, and also for the second on the bounce under coach Danjuma.
On the other hand, Cote d’Ivoire, who advance at the expense of Nigeria, will take on either Cameroon or the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the fourth round of the qualifying series next month.