The Super Falcons today crashed out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when they forced Cote d’Ivoire to a 1-1 draw in Lagos after both teams played out a goalless draw.
The Ivorians thus advanced to the next round of the qualifiers on the away goals rule.
This will be the third straight Olympics Nigerian women have failed to qualify after they failed to reach the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics.
The Ivorians stunned the home team after just 12 minutes when a free kick by Kapho Nina sailed into the net.
Captain Asisat Oshoala drew the Falcons level on 34 minutes.
The disastrous exit of the country’s most successful team was the culmination of a crisis that engulfed the team soon after the World Cup in France.
Swedish coach Thomas Dennerby claimed he was sabotaged by top NFF officials and so walked out on the team before this game.
Coach of the U20 women’s team, Chris Danjuma, took charge of the team in an interim capacity and appointed Oshoala as captain in place of France-based striker Desire Oparanozie.