President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday showered praise on the Super Falcons for beating the Bayana Bayana of South Africa the final match of the 11th Africa Women Cup of Nations.
With the victory, Nigeria picked its 9th AWCON title at the final played in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday.
“I have never doubted the capacity of Nigerians to excel when given the right support”, a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, quoted the President as saying.
The statement reads further, “The President expresses particular delight at the discipline and commitment exhibited by the country’s senior women football team, despite the stiff resistance of their South African counterparts.
“Noting that the Super Falcons had earlier qualified to represent Nigeria at the FIFA Women World Cup tournament in France next year, President Buhari describes winning the AWCON for the third consecutive time and ninth overall, as the ”icing on the cake.”
“Saluting the country’s female football ambassadors for doing their fatherland proud and showing clear dominance on the African continent, he urges them to approach the France 2019 competition with clear focus and determination to excel on the global stage.
“President Buhari also commends the team’s coaching crew, the Nigerian Football Federation, Supporters Club, and all football-loving citizens for adequately preparing and supporting the players, enjoining all stakeholders not to relent in rallying round the country’s football representatives going forward.”