The Super Falcons of Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw by Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, in the first leg of the second round of the CAF Women’s Olympic qualifying ties on Wednesday.
Ethiopia grabbed a shock 6th minute lead through Birkie Amara before Nigeria’s Rasheedat Ajibade levelled just after the break to earn the Super Falcons a draw.
Nigeria will go into the return leg with an way goal advantage at home on Tuesday in a bid to reach the third qualifying round.
Meanwhile, DR Congo and South Africa also played out a 1-1 draw in Kinshasa on Wednesday.
Grace Mfwamba’s curling strike put DR Congo ahead on 40 minutes before South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana equalised shortly after half-time.
Reigning Women’s AFCON champions South Africa will host DR Congo in the second leg on Monday 31 October in Soweto.
The two winners from the second round ties will move one step closer to representing the continent at the Games, as the road to qualifying for the 2024 Olympics continues to deliver drama as Africa’s hopefuls aim for Paris.