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Buhari, Dogara hail victorious Falcons, commend team’s spirit of patriotism


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Super Falcons goalkeeper, Jonathan celebrates with her teammate after beating Cameroon 1-0, at the final of African Women Cup of Nation, (AWCON) in Yaounde, Cameroon, yesterday. PHOTO: CAF

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Falcons on their victory over the Lionesses of Cameroon in yesterday’s AWCON final.

The President, who described the hard-earned victory as “very sweet and well-deserved,” in a message through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, commended the girls for their “indomitable spirit, resilience and teamwork,” which spurred them to victory in spite of a vociferous home crowd.

According to him, “this feat of being African champions for the eighth time has lifted the spirit of sports-loving Nigerians.”

He enjoined other Nigerian sportsmen and women to emulate the exemplary attitude of the Super Falcons, who placed the interest of the nation above personal interests.

The statement, however, assures that the Federal Government will not relent in doing its best to promote sports within available resources.

The President also salutes the technical competence of the coaching crew, which enabled the players to overcome their hard-fighting opponents throughout the competition, the statement added.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, also commended the Falcons for their feat.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, Dogara said by winning the Cup, the Falcons have made the country proud.

He said the team played classic Nigerian soccer, exhibiting the true Nigerian spirit of resilience and hard work and described them as patriots.

The Speaker lauded Desire Oparanozie, who scored the only goal that saw the Falcons beat the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon on their home soil.

He noted: “You have not only earned yourself a place in our history and advanced your careers as athletes, but your victory today is a victory for all Nigerians.”

We are proud of all the players and members of the technical crew led by Florence Omagbemi.

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