Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, has commended the Super Falcons of Nigeria despite their 1-0 defeat to France in their final Group A fixture at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup on Monday.
The Super Falcons came into the game, needing at least a point to give themselves a good chance of qualifying for the Round of 16.
However, having held on for most of the game, the African champions conceded a penalty in the 75th minute.
Wendie Renard missed her first kick, but referee Melissa Paola Borjas Pastrana ordered for it to be retaken, while showing a yellow card to Chiamaka Nnadozie for not keeping a foot on the line.
Renard made no mistakes the second time, as the hosts finished top of the group with nine points.
Reacting, Shehu on his official verified Twitter page wrote: “Super Falcons deserve commendation for their performance against France. In soccer, refereeing can mean everything as we saw in today’s match, #NGAFRA.”
Nigeria will now have to wait on the results from other groups, to know if they will progress into the next round, as one of the best third-placed teams.