Despite not making it to the finals in the ongoing 12th AWCON in Morocco, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare says the Super Falcons “are our champions and Nigeria is Proud of you”.
These were the words of Sports Minister Sunday Dare as he salutes the Falcons for their gallantry and spirited play after their game against the Moroccan female team in the second Semi-finals of the African Women’s Cup of Nations.
While eulogizing the Super Falcons team Dare said, “your resilience, character, and management of the game must be commended. I salute your doggedness, commitment and fighting spirit for holding the Moroccans in front of over 45,000 capacity crowd you have once again displayed the never say die attitude of true Nigerians”.
“Even when down to nine players after those red cards, you held your own, you are our champions. Nigeria is proud of you.” He said.
“It was a match I followed very keenly and I am so proud you displayed the Nigerian spirit. I am proud of this team, even in defeat”.
The nine times champions bowed out gallantly with pride, losing 4-5 on penalties to hosts Morocco, after playing about 60 minutes of the game with nine players as midfielder Halimatu Ayinde and star striker Rasheedat Ajibade were given the marching order for dangerous play.
The Super Falcons will now square up against the She-polopolo of Zambia on Friday, July 22nd in the third place match of the tournament.
The Super Falcons have already qualified for FIFA women’s world cup.
This article was originally published on Naija News