Sports Minister Encourages Super Falcons After Banyana Banyana Defeat


The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, urged the Super Falcons to keep their heads up despite the 4-2 defeat by the Banyana Banyana of South Africa at the just-concluded Aisha Buhari Cup.

Dare stated this when he visited Randy Waldrum’s ladies in the dressing room after the disappointing result against rivals South Africa. The highly entertaining match was played at the newly renovated Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos, Nigeria.

Dare urged the Super Falcons to put their pieces together for the next challenge ahead of them.

“You have the potentials, but there are some lessons to be learnt here and l’m sure it has been learnt,” Dare said. “l’m glad that you did not sustain any injury so that you can continue to play for your club and your country.”

“Raise your heads up, you have proven yourselves and you will have more opportunities and give yourself a challenge for the next matches.”

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, also said that the defeat should not be seen as a setback, but a proof that the Super Falcons were no more invincible.

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick (C) with the Super Falcons of Nigeria after the Aisha Buhari Cup final match against South Africa

“No matter what happens, NFF will always support you as a team, you have played with a purpose,” Pinnick added. “The take home is that we are no more invincible and we need to up our games.”

“With the NFF support, you have the necessary trainings scheduled, the one in Turkey, the US and Australia. Government will do everything in its power to support you.”

“You need to give yourselves the challenge, beat Ghana home and away, also beat Cote d’Ivoire home and away, clean yourself up and forget about today’s match,” Pinnick said.


Chidi Nwoke/NAN.

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