Nigeria held by Ethiopia, DRC and South Africa draw in CAF Women’s Olympics qualifiers

CAF Women’s 2024 Olympics Qualifiers (Wednesday)
Nigeria 1- Ethiopia 1
Dr Congo 1 South Africa 1

Nigeria Super Falcons were on Wednesday held to a 1-1 draw by Ethiopia while South Africa and DR Congo played out a stalemate in the first leg of the second round of the CAF Women’s Olympic qualifying ties on the same day.

In the match played out in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia grabbed a shock 6th-minute lead through Birkie Amara before Nigeria’s Rasheedat Ajibade levelled just after the break to earn the Super Falcons a draw.

The Super Falcons face the return leg at home on Tuesday next week knowing an away goal provides an advantage in their bid to reach the third qualifying round.

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Meanwhile, DR Congo and South Africa could not be separated in an entertaining 1-1 draw in Kinshasa.
Grace Mfwamba’s delightful curling strike put DR Congo ahead 40 minutes before South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana equalised shortly after half-time.

The reigning Women’s AFCON champions South Africa will host DR Congo in the second leg on Monday 31 October in Soweto.

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With two tantalizingly poised ties, the road to qualifying for the 2024 Olympics continues to deliver drama as Africa’s hopefuls aim for Paris.

The two winners from these second-round ties will move one step closer to representing the continent at the Games.

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