President Bola Tinubu has expressed his admiration for the performance of the Super Falcons at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Tinubu, in a tweet from his verified Twitter handle on Monday, commended the team for their remarkable display.
He stated, “I must commend the effort by our Super Falcons @NGSuper_Falcons at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Your brilliant performance did not go unnoticed despite the final outcome. You made Nigeria proud on the global stage!”
The Super Falcons bid farewell to the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup after a penalty shootout loss of 4-2 to England’s Lionesses in Brisbane.
Despite Nigeria having superior chances throughout the game, the European champions found themselves reduced to ten players in the 87th minute, following a goalless draw after extra time. England managed to hold on after playmaker Lauren James received a red card for an unnecessary stamp, knowing they must raise their game if they aspire to add the World Cup to their European crown. They will face either Colombia or Jamaica on Saturday for a spot in the semi-finals.
England’s penalty shootout got off to a rocky start when Georgia Stanway’s shot missed the target. However, Nigeria’s Desire Oparanozie failed to capitalize on the opportunity, missing with a nearly identical effort.
Beth England found the mark without error, but Nigeria’s Michelle Alozie shot high above the crossbar, granting England an advantage they never relinquished. Chloe Kelly’s composed finish sealed the win for England.
The Lionesses, who triumphed in the European Championship last year at London’s lively Wembley Stadium, were heavily favored to triumph over Nigeria, the 40th-ranked team in the world.