FG Salutes Super Falcons Despite Semi-Final Loss

July 19, 2022
Super Falcons Semi-final loss

By Adedapo Adesanya

The federal government has saluted the gallant and spirited play of Nigeria’s Super Falcons in their loss against the Moroccan women’s team in the second semi-finals of the African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON).

In a statement on Tuesday, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, said, “Your resilience, character, and management of the game must be commended.

“I salute your doggedness, commitment, and fighting spirit. For holding the Moroccans in front of over 45,000 capacity crowd you have once again displayed the never say die attitude of true Nigerians.”

“Even when down to nine players after those red cards, you held your own. You are our champions. Nigeria is proud of you.

“It was a match I followed very keenly and I am so proud you displayed the Nigerian spirit. I am proud of this team, even in defeat,” he further said.

The nine-time champions bowed out gallantly with pride, losing 4-5 on penalties to hosts Morocco, after playing the majority of the game with nine players as midfielder Halimatu Ayinde and striker Rasheedat Ajibade were given marching orders in the second half for dangerous play.

The Super Falcons will square up with the She-polopolo of Zambia on Friday, July 22 in the third place match of the tournament.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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