Nigeria’s Super Falcons will face Cape Verde in the second round of the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series after Cape Verde eliminated Liberia 6-2 on aggregate.
The Nigerian side reached the second round after Sao Tome and Principe pulled out of the qualifying race citing logistical challenges.
Had São Tomé & Príncipe not pull out of the race for next year’s tournament, it could have been the first time Nigeria have to play back-to-back with the same country in both men’s and women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Both legs of the fixtures against Cape Verde will be played in November with the Falcons billed to host the first leg of the fixtures at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos on November 27 and the second leg at Estádio Nacional de Cabo Verde.
Nigeria will be seeking to make a record 15th appearance at the 2024 AWCON tournament which will be held in Morocco albeit no date has been made official by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Meanwhile, Cameroon, four-time finalists of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, will not play in next year’s tournament in Morocco after being eliminated by Kenya on Tuesday.
Cote d’Ivorie will also not be among the nations to play the tournament after they were also eliminated in the first round of qualifiers following the second leg matches.
The Indomitable Lionesses lost on penalties to Kenya while Cote d’Ivoire suffered a similar fate in their match against Tanzania.
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.