The task of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics Women’s football event has been made easier for the Super Falcons of Nigeria who, without kicking a ball, are through to the next phase of the qualifiers following the withdrawal of Mali from the race.
The Super Falcons were originally meant to face their Malian counterparts in Abuja this weekend before the Malians opted out.
Confirming the development to PREMIUM TIMES, General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Sanusi Mohammed, said the Malians have pulled out and FIFA had already confirmed the news to the NFF.
“FIFA informed us,” he said. “(The Malians) earlier on told FIFA that they would pull out of the tournament.”
Mali’s withdrawal may not be unconnected with the 8-0 bashing it suffered in April in Abuja from the Falcons, after both teams played out a 1-1 draw in Bamako.
With this round of the qualifiers out of the way, the African champions will travel to Canada for a training tour ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which starts in Canada on June 6.
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