The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has praised Nigeria’s Super Falcons for picking Africa’s first 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup tickets billed for France.
Dalung Congratulated the Super Falcons shortly after the team defeated the Lionesses of Cameroon 4-2 on penalties after the match ended goalless in extra time to also advance to the final of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations at the Accra Sport Stadium In Ghana and also a World Cup ticket.
The Minister’s reaction was contained in a statement issued by his SA Media Nneka Ikem Anibeze on Tuesday.
The Minister describes the hard fought victory as a nail biting semi final.
“The match went into extra time and penalties and that showed how difficult it was for the girls to achieve success. The Super Falcons were determined and disciplined and qualified for the final through hard work, team work and their doggedness.
“I am happy with the team and the technical crew for putting Nigeria on the global map once again with their qualification for the World Cup next year. However, the final test comes on Saturday when they play the last and decisive game. They have won this competition a record eight times and I have no doubt that they will bring back the trophy to Nigeria for keeps.”The Minister concluded in the statement.
This will be Nigeria’s eighth consecutive appearance at a Women’s World Cup, having played in all seven previous editions of the competition, going back to the inaugural tournament in 1991.
The Falcons will now await the winner of the second semi-final between South Africa and Mali.