Nigeria’s First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu, on Monday celebrated the Super Falcons of Nigeria for giving a good account of themselves at the 2023 FIFA Women World Cup.
The First lady who received some of the players, their technical team and officials of the NFF at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the girls displayed dedication, resilience and team spirit with the zeal and strength that defines Nigeria.
She paid glowing tributes to all the players whom she said have represented Nigeria on the global stage, noting that the world took notice of the dexterity of the players.
“Although the final result did not go our way, I am here to remind you that victory is not solely determined by the score on the field. The unbreakable spirit and unity that you demonstrated are true markers of success.
“You have not only represented Nigeria on the global stage but have also become role models for our youth, especially young girls who now see their aspirations mirrored in you.
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“I salute you today and welcome you back home and our goodwill and best wishes go to other players who have gone back to their clubs. You gave your all, and we stand with you. We are so proud of you,” she told the players.
In his remarks, President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Ibrahim Gusau, thanked the First Lady for the warm reception and assured that the players would continue to give good and qualitative representation to the country.
The captain of the team, Onome Ebi, said the team worked very hard and tirelessly to bring home the coveted FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy but luck was not on their side.
She promised that the team would continue to press on relentlessly to ensure they make the country very proud in global football.
The Super Falcons crashed out of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup, being co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, having lost through penalties to the English team, a week ago; Monday, August 7.
The First Lady, who held a similar meeting with the victorious Nigerian female basketball team, D’Tigresses, last Monday, has since been encouraging Nigerian female sports personalities by urging them to do more for the country.
The First Lady received the players with the wife of the Vice President, Nana Shettima and wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Ekaette Akpabio.