Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Olufemi Abikoye has congratulated the Super Falcons for their endeavour so far at the 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations, while charging them to go all out for victory against the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in Saturday’s final.
Delivering a message from the President of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) when he visited the team at Presco Secondary School during their training session, Ambassador Abikoye praised the eight –time champions for seeing off the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon in the semi finals.
“You defeated Cameroon at home the last time to win the title so everyone knew the semi final match between both teams was going to be very tough. But we thank God you put in all your strength and you listened to the instructions of the coaches and were able to come out on top. The analysts gave the match to Cameroon, but you proved them wrong.
“So, on behalf of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, I want to say big congratulations.”
He added: “On Saturday again, it is not going to be easy. Cameroon came out strong because you defeated them in Yaounde in the 2016 Final. You cannot allow South Africa to beat us twice here in Ghana. It is now your turn to seek your revenge against the South Africans and win the trophy on Saturday”.
The Ambassador further pledged that the Nigerian Community in Ghana will come out in their numbers on Saturday to support the team.
“We have large numbers of our people who have been here for long. They will all come out on Saturday to support you. So, put all your energy and technical know-how into the encounter and win the trophy. A champion will always be a champion”.
Nigeria and South Africa have been in the final together once – in 2000, when the South Africans hosted but the Nigerians successfully retained the trophy after a 2-0 defeat of the hosts in Johannesburg.