President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, have hailed the Super Falcons for their superb performance at the World Cup despite losing to England 4-2 via penalties in the second round of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The team had against all odds qualified out of the deadly Group B that had highly ranked countries such as Olympic champions Canada, hosts Australia, and the Republic of Ireland, however, it could not go past European champions England at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
The magnificent Africans stood toe-to-toe with the Three Lionesses, ranked 36 places above them, and should have scored in the first quarter-hour when England-based defender Ashley Plumptre rocked the sticks with a shot from 22 yards and then followed up with another that went narrowly away. Defender Michelle Alozie also saw her effort hit the crossbar in the second half.
Reacting to the performance of the girls after their elimination from the competition, Nigeria’s No. 1 citizen took to the microblogging platform Twitter to shower praises on the girls after their dogged and patriotic performance.
“I must commend the effort by our Super Falcons at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Your brilliant performance did not go unnoticed despite the final outcome. You made Nigeria proud on the global stage!”
Reacting to pressmen after the game, the First Lady lauded their performance against the European champions also revealing that there will be a reception for the girls when they return to the country.
“We’re proud of them. They played very well, we’re proud of them and we gave England a run for their money so I will say we did well. We’ll be waiting to receive them. They made us proud.”