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Super Falcons to avoid Olympics mistake

Fola Akintomide

Super Falcons defender, Osinachi Ohale has said her side will not make any mistake in their quest for a place in the Rio 2016 Olympics, Supersport reports.

The reigning African champions will confront the West African opponents, Mali in a two-legged final round qualifying clash to determine the rightful claimants of the Olympic ticket.

The first fixture clash will hold on Saturday, May 09 at the Abuja National Stadium in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Ohale who still rue her side inability to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics said Falcons are determined to make amend and qualify for the quadrennial multiple sports showpiece.

“The sad memory of our absence at the last edition of the Olympics in London is still quite fresh and I tell you we’re determined to erase the ugly incident by beating Mali to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“I am excited we have already picked the ticket for the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville at the expense of Mali.

“I remember vividly the pain as a member of Falcons squad who failed to win either of the tickets for 2011 AAG in Maputo, Mozambique and 2012 London Olympics against Ghana and Cameroon respectively.

“I strongly believe that we will make it right this time around as regards the Olympics as I don’t see Mali stopping us from grabbing the ticket with the quality of players in our fold,” said the former Houston Dash strongwoman.

The Rivers Angels defender said she will make her reign as stand-in captain counts positively with the departure of captain, Evelyn Nwabuoku to the Kazakhstani side, Biik Kazygurt FC.

“It feels humbled as the captain of Falcons in the presence of heavyweights like Precious Dede, Perpetua Nkwocha, among others and I promise not to disappoint not even with the immense supports of teammates,” Ohale said.