Olympic Qualifiers: Super Falcons Salvage A Draw Through A Goal From Stand-In Captain, Ajibade

At the Abebe Bikila Stadium on Wednesday, the Super Falcons of Nigeria emerged victorious from the first leg of the 2024 Olympic qualifiers against Ethiopia, securing a hard-fought 1-1 draw.

In their first game back since their elimination from the FIFA Women’s World Cup in July, the Super Falcons were leveled by Rasheedat Ajibade in the second half, erasing Ethiopia’s early advantage. Even though Randy Waldrum was noticeably absent from the bench, many predicted his ladies would win the tie on Wednesday.

Yes, the Super Falcons made a great effort to win on the road, but Ethiopia, who was well-prepared and focused, put them to the test. Ethiopia took the lead six minutes into the game through Birkie Amare, while the Super Falcons struggled to get going. In the first half, the Falcons failed to create clear-cut chances, but they improved after the break.

In the 52nd minute, Ajibade equalized for Nigeria with a spectacular long-range shot. The Super Falcons fought for a winner in the final stages, and it thought they won it, but the late goal scored by the Nigerian ladies was ruled offside by the referee.

With everything still on the line, the return leg will take place on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

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