The Nigeria Football Federation have confirmed Mali’s withdrawal from the 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers, just as sl10.ng reported earlier today.
Sl10.ng had earlier broken the story of the Malian women’s team pulling out of this weekend’s Olympic Games qualifiers against their Nigerian counterparts, and the NFF have gone to confirm their withdrawal.
Sl10.ng, as earlier reported, can confirm again that a letter from world football –governing body, FIFA arrived on Thursday evening, informing the Nigeria Football Federation of the development.
“We would like to urgently share with you that the Mali Football Federation has just formally notified FIFA of the withdrawal of its women’s national team from the Olympic qualifiers. By way of consequence, both leg matches of the 2nd round are cancelled and your women’s national team is automatically qualified for the 3rd round matches. Further details regarding the 3rdround will follow in due course,” FIFA’s head of World Cup and Olympics Qualifiers, Gordon Savic wrote in a letter to the NFF.
Savic also wrote to NFF’s Deputy Director (Competitions), Bola Oyeyode: “We thank you very much for your acknowledgement of our notification and we commend you for your excellent support in spite of the sudden new circumstances.”
The development means the Super Falcons have now qualified for the third round of the qualifiers, with the first leg coming up mid-July, ahead of a final round of qualifiers scheduled for October 2015.