Last year, Coach Christopher Danjuma was the focus of attention, but for a wrong reason: He failed to qualify the senior women’s national team, Super Falcons, for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. His team lost the ticket to the Les Femelles Elephantes of Cote d’Ivoire, a country that is relatively unknown in women football.
A 1-1 draw at the Agege Stadium in Lagos, after the Falcons played a 0-0 draw a few days earlier in Abidjan, was the least expected result from the African champions. The failure was the third time in a row for the Falcons on the road to the Olympic Games.
In the qualifier for Rio 2016 Olympics Games in Brazil, Danjuma’s team also lost 1-2 in Equatorial Guinea to crash out of the race on a 3-2 aggregate. Danjuma had previously led the Super Falcons to a humiliating fourth place finish at the All Africa Games in Brazzaville in September 2015.