The Super Falcons of Nigeria have emerged the champions of Africa for an amazing ninth time as they beat South Africa 4-3 on Saturday in a nervy final match at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The Falcons were pushed to the wire as they had to go through the extra time and penalty kicks for the first time in their nine appearances in AWCON final.
At the end, Tockhukwu Oluehi was the hero for Nigeria saving the last kick that denied the South Africans a chance to dethrone the Falcons.
Already, the Falcons have been promised $10,000 each if they win and they would be happy heading to the female World Cup in France next year as African champions again.
President Muhammadu Buhari warmly congratulates 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.
The President expresses particular delight at the discipline and commitment exhibited by the country’s senior women football team despite the stiff resistance of their South African counterparts.
Noting that the Super Falcons had earlier qualified to represent Nigeria at the FIFA Women World Cup tournament in France next year, President Buhari describes winning the AWCON for the third consecutive time and ninth overall, as the “icing on the cake.”
Saluting the country’s female football ambassadors for doing their fatherland proud and showing clear dominance on the African continent, he urges them to approach the France 2019 competition with clear focus and determination to excel on the global stage.
President Buhari also commends the team’s coaching crew, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Supporters Club and all football-loving citizens for adequately preparing and supporting the players, enjoining all stakeholders not to relent in rallying round the country’s football representatives going forward.
“I have never doubted the capacity of Nigerians to excel when given the right support,” he notes, while promising the Federal Government’s commitment to sports development as a unifying force.