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By Abideen Muhammed, Lagos
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has on Saturday night commended the Super Falcons of Nigeria on their victory over the Banyana Banyana of South Africa Saturday in the final match of the 11th Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON), Ghana 2018.
He twitted: “I have never doubted the capacity of Nigerians to excel when given the right support.”
Muhammad Buhari while recalling that the Super Falcons had earlier qualified to represent Nigeria at the FIFA Women World Cup tournament in France next year described winning the AWCON for the 3rd consecutive time and the 9th overall, as the “icing on the cake.”
The President who is now in Poland for a climate change conference praised the team’s coaching crew, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), supporters’ club and all football-loving citizens for their contribution towards the success of today’s (Saturday) match.
“I commend the coaching crew, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Supporters Club and all football-loving Nigerians for the hard work and the support given to our heroic Super Falcons. I have never doubted the capacity of Nigerians to excel when given the right support.”
Buhari in the statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina expressed particular delight at the discipline and commitment exhibited by the country’s senior women’s football team despite the stiff resistance of their South African counterparts. He saluted the female team for making their father’s land proud while charging them to approach the France 2019 competition with clear focus and determination to excel on the global stage.