Sports Minister Hails Falconets, backs Falcons

The Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung has congratulated the spirited performance of the Women’s U-20 National team at the ongoing 2016 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea.

In a message to the Peter Dedevbo -led team, Dalung said the 3-1 win over Canada is coming at the right time after the victory recorded by the Super Eagles in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Saturday against Algeria.

“The result can’t come at a better time after the World Cup qualifiers victory against Algeria on Saturday in Uyo. It has once again given Nigerians home and abroad hope that the team can challenge for the title,” Dalung said.

He commended the team for their resilience and ability to triumph in the face of adversity after bouncing back from a goal down to defeat Canada by 3 goals to 1 courtesy of goals from Chinaza Uchendu, Joy Bokiri and Chinwendu Ihezuo.

According to him, the loss to Japan in their opening match of the competition was not the true reflection of the overall ability of the team.

“After the shocking defeat against Japan in their first game, I was confident that the team will bounce back in their second game against Canada.

I was only worried and hoping that the defeat was not going to dampen their fragile morale as teenagers.”

The Falconets play their last group match against Spain on Sunday. The Spanish girls are yet to drop a point in the tournament after winning both games against Canada and Japan.

Dalung also charged the Super Falcons to work assiduously to retain the title which they won 2 years ago when the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations begins in Cameroon this weekend.

The Minister who accompanied the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo during their camping exercise in Abuja before they departed Nigeria on Wednesday stressed the need for the team to stay united and fight for victory.

“Despite the numerous financial challenges being faced by the team, I am confident that these true Nigerian women will do the nation proud. We will keep routing for the team back home in Nigeria and pray for their success,” he stated.

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