By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Ivory Coast female national football team have qualified for the next round of Tokyo 2020 Olympics football tournament after holding Super Falcons to a 1-1 draw in Lagos this Monday. they advance to the next stage on away goal rule.
The first leg ended 0-0 but in Monday’s fixture in Lagos, the visitors took the lead in the 12th minute through Kapho Nina at the Agege Stadium through her fine free kick beat goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie.
In the 28th, Nigeria came close to equalising when Asisat Oshoala raced into the Ivorian area but her efforts went inches wide.
The Ivorians had their own chance in the 32nd minute when Ange N’Guessan fired from the edge but Nigeria goalie Nnadozie was well positioned to make a fine save.
Nigeria Equalised in the 34th minute when Oshoala raced into the area again and fired past the Ivorian goalkeeper to level for the Super Falcons.
Both sides couldn’t score in the second half of the match. There was tensed midfield battle in the second half as the Super Falcons strive to find a breakthrough.
Regina Otu made an attempt late in the game but her efforts was easily caught by the Ivorian goalkeeper in the 84th minute.
The game ended 1 goal for either side and Nigerian were eliminated to the disappointment of the crowd at the Agege Stadium.
This will be the third straight Olympics games that the African Champions will not be taking part in since they last qualified for Beijing 2008 Olympic games.
Nigeria 1-1 Ivory Coast
(1-1 on aggregate)
Ivory coast moved to next round on away goals.
Super Falcons XI vs Ivory Coast
16 Nnadozie Chiamaka
3 Ohale Osinachi
2 Okeke Chidinma
5 Otu Regina
8 Oshoala Asisat (C)
15 Ajibade Rasheedat
7 Ibrahim Maryam
4 Ebere Ngozi
13 Okobi Ngozi
17 Ordega Francisca
9 Monday Gift
1 Oluehi Tochukwu
6 Emenayo Ugochi
18 Onyebuchi Ihuoma
12 Ijamilusi Folashade
11 Uchendu Chinanza
10 Sule Rofiat
14 Ogbonna Glory
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