​Caf shifts Nigeria, Mali women's Olympic qualifier

The African football body has approved the rescheduling of qualifying game between the two west African nations following their agreement for a shift
The Confederation of African Football has brought forward, by two weeks, the women 2016 Olympics football qualifying fixture between Mali and Nigeria.

The reigning African queens were initially scheduled to host Mali on May 23 with the second leg taking place in Bamako on May 30 in the second round of women football qualifiers for Rio 2016.

The secretary general of the Nigeria Football Federation, Musa Amadu confirmed the agreement of Caf and Mali with Nigeria for the rescheduling of the match.

The NFF had earlier complained about tight schedules in their preparatory plans for the Super Falcons ahead of the 2015 Fifa Women's World Cup in Canada, hence it proposed a shift in date.

“We had to write to Confederation of African Football and the Malian Federation to consider bringing the matches forward by two weeks in order for our team to be able to head to Canada by 19th May, for the final training camp for the 7th Fifa Women’s World Cup finals,” Amadu said on Friday.

"Caf had given the go-ahead for the NFF to contact the Malian Federation for both National Associations to agree between themselves. In its reply, dated 13th February, General Secretary Yacouba Traore said the Mali Football Federation had agreed in principle," he concluded.

Following the approval of Caf and Mali, the first leg of the encounter will now take place in Nigeria on May 9, with the return leg in Bamako on May 16.