Super Falcons have advanced to the third round of 2016 Rio Olympic Games qualifying matches without kicking a ball against opponents, Mali.
The reigning African champions are expected to host the West African foes in the first clash of the two-legged encounter on Saturday at the Abuja National Stadium.
However, Mali have written to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, indicating their decision to withdraw from further campaign in the race for a place in the football event of the global quadrennial multiple sports showpiece in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
NFF secretary general, Mohammed Sanusi said the world football body, FIFA wrote to the Glass House of Mali’s decision to discontinue with the Olympic Games qualifying match against Super Falcons.
“No, the Olympic Games qualifying match between Super Falcons and Mali on Saturday at the Abuja National Stadium will not hold again as Mali have withdrawn from the qualifying race.
“We got letter from FIFA to the effect that Mali have withdrawn so what it meant is that Super Falcons have qualified for the third round of the Olympic Games qualifying race.
“We don’t know at the moment their next opponents but the next qualifying match will be after the side’s World Cup campaign in Canada. We don’t have any issue with Mali’s withdrawal as our programme is to ensure Falcons qualify for the third round which they’ve done without kicking a ball.
“We made adequate plan for the team and I believe they’re quite ready to give Mali a good fight if the game had held.
“We’ve qualified for the next stage of the campaign; now we’ve to redirect our energies to the side’s preparations for the World Cup.”
Falcons are certain to have prosecuted the Olympic Games clash without some key players namely, Asisat Oshoala, Francisca Ordega, Evelyn Nwabuoku and Courtney Dike.

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