Nigeria’s senior women’s national team have reached the third round of the 2016 Olympic qualifying tournament after Mali’s female Eagles withdrew from the second round fixtures.
The Nigeria Football Feration (NFF) received a correspondence from Fifa on Thursday evening informing them of the development.
“We would like to urgently share with you that the Mali Football Federation has just formally notified FIFA of the withdrawal of its women’s national team from the Olympic qualifiers. By way of consequence, both leg matches of the 2nd round are cancelled and your women’s national team is automatically qualified for the 3rd round matches,” Gordon Savic, Head of FIFA World Cup and Olympics Qualifiers, wrote.
“Further details regarding the 3rd round will follow in due course.”
He added in a letter addressed to NFF’s Deputy Director (Competitions), Bola Oyeyode: “We thank you very much for your acknowledgement of our notification and we commend you for your excellent support in spite of the sudden new circumstances.”
The development means the Super Falcons have now qualified for the third round of the qualifiers, with the first leg coming up mid-July, ahead of a final round of qualifiers scheduled for October 2015.