Nigeria’s Super Falcons have progressed into the next round of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers following the decision of Sao Tome and Principe to pull out of the fixtures.
The Football Association of Sao Tome and Principe revealed that due to logistical issues, the women’s national team would not be able to honour the first leg of their ties initially scheduled to be played at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Lagos.
Nigeria are nine- time African champions and were ranked the 10th best national team at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The Central Africa nation football association has thus notified the Confederation of Africa Football, CAF about their inability to honour the two encounters slated to hold on 22 and 26 of this month.
Their withdrawal means that the Super Falcons will face the winner of the fixture between Cape Verde and Liberia, at the second-round stage slated for the period 27th November – 5th December.
The winner will compete at WAFCON 2024 which will be hosted by Morocco.
The Super Falcons finished in fourth position at the last edition of the competition also hosted by Morocco last year.
Some of the Super Falcons players had arrived the country ahead of the game on Friday before the decision of the Sao Tome and Principe Football Association to withdraw from the fixtures.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.