The African champions are out of the qualifying race after bowing to their neighbouring rivals on the away goal rule.

Nigeria’s senior women’s team will miss the Olympic Games for the third time in a row after losing on away goals to Cote d’Ivoire in Lagos on Monday.

On the back of a goalless first-leg draw in Abidjan, the teams played out a 1-1 draw in Lagos to see Christopher Danjuma’s side bow out of the qualifiers at the same stage as four years ago.

The third round result means the reigning African queens will miss the Olympic Games for the third successive time, and also for the second on the bounce under coach Danjuma.

On the other hand, Cote d’Ivoire, who advance at the expense of Nigeria, will take on either Cameroon or the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the fourth round of the qualifying series next month.