Paris 2024: Nigeria 1-0 Cameroon

Edwin  - CEO February 26, 2024
Updated 2024/02/26 at 8:09 PM
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PHOTO CREDIT: THENFF-Goalscorer Esther Okoronkwo in a duel with Cameroon’s Mariane Maague in Abuja on Monday
PHOTO CREDIT: THENFF-Goalscorer Esther Okoronkwo in a duel with Cameroon’s Mariane Maague in Abuja on Monday

Super Falcons shove Cameroon’s Lionesses off 2024 Olympics lane

Youngster Deborah Abiodun in action
Youngster Deborah Abiodun in action


Nigeria reached the final round of the African qualifying series for this year’s Women’s Olympic Football Tournament after Esther Okoronkwo’s 15th-minute goal at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, separated Nigeria and Cameroon in a turgid 180-minute battle over two legs.


After 105 minutes of scoreless action (90 minutes in Douala and 15 minutes in Abuja), the Henan FC of China forward took matters into her own hands. Latching onto the ball from a long thrust out of the defense, Okoronkwo outpaced her markers and got close to the byline before finding captain Rasheedat Ajibade, whose chip was parried by the brilliant goalkeeper Michaely Bihina, only onto the path of the onrushing Okonronkwo who finished with aplomb.


Jennifer Echegini, whose disallowed goal in Douala on Friday was still controversial among pundits, had blazed over the sticks in the 13th minute before Okoronkwo’s excellent effort. In the 32nd minute, Cameroon came very close from a corner kick when Menene Meyong got her head to the ball, but goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie stopped its progress to the far corner.


Ajibade and Okoronkwo had efforts blocked by Bihina, and Cameroon’s Mana Lamine blazed over the bar with two minutes left in the first period.


In the second period, Bihina kept out all efforts by Ajibade, Echegini, and substitutes Akudo Ogbonna and Asisat Oshoala. Cameroon thought they had equalized on the hour mark when Marie Ngah Manga got her head to a cross by the energetic substitute Marie Enganemben, but Nnadozie stretched full length to parry the ball out of danger.


The Lionesses finished with ten men when the volatile Enganemben pushed Nnadozie during a bizarre rush by Cameroonian players to touch Nnadozie’s net.


Victory sets up a mouth-watering final round fixture between nine-time champions of Africa, Nigeria, and reigning African champions South Africa, which will be disputed in April.


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