President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Falcons of Nigeria for winning the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (Awcon) title for a record ninth time.
The Falcons won the title after beating South Africa 4-3 on penalties on Saturday in Accra, Ghana.
The President, in a statement issued by his media aide Femi Adesina, expressed particular delight at the discipline and commitment exhibited by the country’s senior women’s football team despite the stiff resistance of their South African counterparts.
Buhari said winning the Awcon title for the third consecutive time and ninth overall was the “icing on the cake.”
Saluting the country’s female football ambassadors for doing their fatherland proud, Buhari urged them to approach the France 2019 World Cup with clear focus and determination to excel on the global stage.
Buhari also commended the team’s coaching crew, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), and supporters’ club for the roles they played in the team’s success.
“I have never doubted the capacity of Nigerians to excel when given the right support,” he noted, while promising the Federal Government’s commitment to sports development.