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Nigeria hunts for Olympic Glory upon return

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Nearly two decades on from their last appearance at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, Nigeria will be itching to make up for lost time when they run out at Paris 2024.

You have to trawl right back through the Olympic annals to the Beijing Games in 2008 to find the last time that Nigeria graced the women’s showpiece, with the West Africans set to finally announce themselves back on the hallowed stage following a 16-year spell in the Olympic wilderness.

Talismanic sharpshooter Asisat Oshoala is poised for her first taste of Olympic action, while the evergreen Onome Ebi could be set to etch her name even deeper into the folklore of the women’s game.

The 41-year-old centre-back, who claimed the distinction of being the first African to feature in five editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ when she lined up at France 2019 – a record she extended at the 2023 instalment of the global showpiece –could be part of the Nigerian ranks after having competed at Beijing 2008 as a fresh-faced 25-year-old.

As Nigeria prepare to do battle with Spain, Japan and Brazil in a decidedly formidable-looking Group C line-up, FIFA offers you the lowdown on the Super Falcons, who lived up to their nickname by soaring through to the last 16 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ and have no fewer than 11 continental crowns to their name

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