Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has urged the Super Falcons to approach the FIFA Women World Cup tournament in France with zeal and determination to change the narrative and excel on the global stage.
He stated this while congratulating the team for their victory over the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in the final match of the 11th Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON), Ghana 2018.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu, on Sunday in Asaba, the governor expressed happiness at the discipline and commitment exhibited by the Super Falcons despite the pressure and stiff competition from their South African counterparts.
“I commend the Falcons for their resilience and determination. They have made us proud and it is my hope that they will consolidate on this victory to represent Nigeria effectively at the FIFA Women World Cup tournament in France next year,” Mr. Okowa said.
“This victory no doubt has restored our national pride and confidence as the most successful team in the tournament having won the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations title for a record ninth time out of 11 times.”
Governor Okowa also showered encomiums on the coaching crew, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Supporters Club and all football-loving Nigerians for the support and motivation to the players, adding that Delta State Government would continue to partner with the NFF and other stakeholders in rallying round the country’s football representatives at all times.