Paris Olympics2024: African Women’s football teams battle for Olympic Spots


The journey to secure Africa’s representation in women’s football at the Paris 2024 Olympics is heating up, with eight nations competing for the coveted two spots. This Friday marks a significant milestone in the qualification process, with CAFOnline spotlighting the key matchups that will shape the continent’s hopes for Olympic glory.

In a showdown that has become a classic in African women’s football, Cameroon hosts Nigeria in Douala. The Super Falcons of Nigeria, carrying a psychological edge from their historical dominance in the last 10 encounters against Cameroon, look to extend their winning streak. Nigeria, fresh from their round of 16 exit at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, is in fine form and aims to leverage their vast experience in this pivotal clash.

A North African derby filled with promise and rivalry sees Tunisia facing off against Morocco. With Tunisia reaching the quarter-finals in the last edition of the CAF TotalEnergies Women’s African Cup of Nations and Morocco finishing as runner-up, both teams are eager to showcase their progress. The stakes are high as they vie not only for a spot in the Olympics but also for regional pride in this intense North African derby.

The race for Olympic qualification also takes us to Ghana’s capital, where Zambia, known as the Copper Queens, are set to face the Black Queens of Ghana. Having experienced the global stage at the last Olympics, Zambia is determined to make a consecutive appearance. However, the emotional toll of losing their teammate, Norin Betani, adds a poignant dimension to their campaign. Ghana, buoyed by home support, presents a formidable challenge that Zambia must overcome.

Lastly, Tanzania’s encounter with South Africa promises to be anything but straightforward. Tanzania, rapidly emerging as a significant player in African women’s football, faces the reigning African champions, South Africa. Despite South Africa’s status as favorites and their ambitions to make amends for missing the last Olympics, the threat posed by Tanzania, especially on home turf, cannot be underestimated.

As these nations clash on the field, the dream of representing Africa in Paris draws closer to reality, underscoring the passion, talent, and competitive spirit that define women’s football on the continent.

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