The Federal Government of Nigeria has charged the Super Falcons to continue to raise the country’s flag high at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar, gave the charge in Abuja in a statement by Mohammed Manga, Director Press in the ministry.
Abubakar congratulated the team for putting up a superlative performance to defeat co-hosts Australia 3-2 in Brisbane at the ongoing tournament. He stated that Nigerians have been following the games with keen interest and delighted at their display of skill and team work since the beginning of the Competition.
“We have followed your games and want to thank you for doing the nation proud, thus putting a smile on the faces of Nigerians,” Abubakar said.
“We commend you, your coaches and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) for the good job done so far.”
The permanent secretary also urged the team to take their last group game even more seriously to ensure qualification for the knock out stage.
“You cannot afford to rest on your oars, take the next game against the Republic of Ireland with full determination to succeed as you took your first two games,” he added. “Give it your very best, which is your 100 per cent assurance to win. We are solidly behind you.”
Abubakar assured that the ministry will continue to create an enabling environment for sports development in the country so as to enable its athletes excel at the international stage.