President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Nigeria’s Super Falcons on their victory over the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon on Saturday at the final game of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Yaounde.
The President, who described the hard-earned victory over the Indomitable Lionesses as “very sweet and well-deserved,” particularly commended the Nigerian women for their “indomitable spirit, resilience and team work” which spurred them to victory in spite of a vociferous home crowd.
President Buhari notes that the Nigerian team achieved “this feat of being African champions for the 8th time,” a development he says has lifted the spirits of sports-loving Nigerians.
He enjoined other Nigerian sportsmen and women to emulate the exemplary attitude of the Super Falcons who placed the interest of the nation above personal interests, while assuring that the Federal Government will not relent in doing its best to promote sports within available resources.
The President alsoacknowledged the technical competence of the coaching crew, which enabled the Nigerian players to overcome their hard-fighting opponents throughout the competition.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria are champions of Africa for the eight time with Desire Oparanozie scoring the lone goal for Nigeria in the 84th minute.
Coach of the Nigerian team, Florence Omagbemi, also made history by becoming the first individual to win the AWCON as a player and a coach.
Nigeria scored 13 goals in the tournament, conceding one, with Asisat Oshoala emerging as the highest goal scorer.