The Black Stallions, Nigeria’s men’s rugby national team, were defeated by Algeria in the final of the pre-Olympic qualifying series in Mauritius on Sunday. Despite their valiant efforts, the Black Stallions succumbed to a 24-5 defeat, their first loss in the tournament, having won all their previous five games.
However, the Nigerian team had already secured a spot in the Africa Cup 7s 2024 Paris Olympic Games qualifiers in Zimbabwe, despite the defeat to Algeria. The winner of the Africa Cup 7s in Zimbabwe, which will be held from 16th to 17th September 2023, will be guaranteed a spot at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
The second and third placed teams in the Africa Cup 7s will progress to the 2024 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, where they will compete for a chance to secure their place in the 2024 Olympics.
In the third-placed play-off, Côte d’Ivoire emerged victorious over Ghana, winning 28 points to 10, showcasing their impressive rugby skills.
As the Black Stallions reflect on their loss, they will undoubtedly use it as motivation to come back stronger and better prepared for future tournaments. The world of rugby is a competitive one, and every game is an opportunity to improve and grow.
The Black Stallions have shown that they are a formidable team, and their qualification for the Africa Cup 7s 2024 Paris Olympic Games qualifiers is proof of their prowess. With time and practice, they will undoubtedly continue to make Nigeria proud on the rugby field.