The Super Falcon of Nigeria on Tuesday defeated their Algerian counterparts, 1-0 to inch closer to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in japan with a 3-0 aggregate.
It took Assisat Oshoala’s solo effort deep in the second half to give the Falcons the necessary win against the hard fighting Algerian team.
The Thomas Denerby tutored-side had earlier defeated the Algerian side 2-0 in Bilda, Algeria with Amarachi Okoronkwo and an own goal by Isma Quadah.
The Nigerian team played a testy match in the first half, before coming out strongly in the second half with Oshoala’s 59th minute effort to cap their efforts.
Speaking after the match, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Samson Dare said that the win against the Algerian side underscored the country’s superiority in women football.
“The result of this match clearly shows that we are the powerhouse when it comes to women football in Africa. The team has played well.
“Also, to show further stamp our firepower is the testimony of that can be seen in the last African Games where the team won the gold. We will continue to support the team morally and financially in their quest to qualify for the Olympics,” he said.
The Falcons coach, Dennerby said he was not impressed with the slim margin win, adding that there were more works to do.
“The match is not impressive seriously, we have to look at what went wrong during the match. The match played was not what we expected maybe the team needs more drilling, but we are sure of qualification all the same,” he said.
Nigeria face either Mali or Cote d’Voire for the last qualifying match in September.