The Super Falcons of Nigeria defile vociferous home crowd to send off the Cameroon’s national women’s football team by 1 – 0 win to emerge winner of eighth African title in the finals of the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON), on Saturday, in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital.
In celebrating the Amazons of Nigerian football on their victory, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Nigeria’s Super Falcons describing their victory as sweetening to his heart.
Desire Oparanozie scored the only goal that saw the Falcons beat the Indomitable Lionesses in a nervy final match played at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Omnisports Stadium in Yaoundé. The win has seen Nigeria secure their eight African title even as Coach of the Nigeria team, Omagbemi became the second individual to win the AWCON as a player and a coach.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, President Buhari, 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 noted that the Nigerian team achieved “this feat of being African champions for the eighth time,” a development he said had lifted the spirits of sports-loving Nigerians.
He enjoined other Nigerian sports men 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 would not relent in doing its best to promote sports within available resources.
The President also saluted the technical competence of the coaching crew, which enabled the Nigerian players overcome their hard-fighting opponents throughout the competition.