Desiree Ellis Issues ‘do or die’ Warning to Super Falcons ahead of Olympics Qualifiers

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Banyana Banyana coach, Desiree Ellis, has emphasized the intensity of the upcoming clash with the Super Falcons in the final round of qualifiers for the women’s football event at the 2024 Olympics.

South Africa and Nigeria, both absent from the last Olympic edition in Tokyo, have secured spots in the final round after successful third-round qualifiers.

The reigning African champions, South Africa, defeated Tanzania 4-0 on aggregate, while Nigeria secured a hard-fought victory against Cameroon with a 15th-minute goal from Esther Okoronkwo.

Ellis acknowledged the upcoming encounter with Nigeria as a “do-or-die” situation, recognizing the challenges but expressing confidence in her team’s ability to face tough opponents.

She highlighted the importance of having experienced players back in the squad and achieving the right balance between youth and experience for positive results.

The CAF Women’s Coach of The Year revealed plans for an early training camp, emphasizing the team’s commitment to thorough preparation for the crucial playoff.

The first leg is scheduled for April 1 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, with the return leg in South Africa eight days later. The overall winner will secure a spot in the Paris 2024 Olympics, scheduled to take place between July 26 and August 11, 2024.

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