The Super Falcons on Thursday recorded a narrow victory over their Cameroonian counterparts to book a semi-final position at the African Women’s Cup Of Nations tournament holding in Morocco.
With the victory, the Falcons also secured a ninth world cup ticket in a row.
A resolute defense from the Cameroonians left the match deadlocked at half-time after a dominant display from the Nigerian side
However, Rasheedat Ajibade broke the deadlock in the 56th minute with a headed goal which proved the difference between the African giants on the night.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated the Super Falcons, for qualifying for the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2023 after their emphatic quarter-final victory at the ongoing Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.
Special Adviser to the President, Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, made this known in a statement on Thursday.
“The President lauds the spirited performance of the team in the tournament and for maintaining its dominant posture as undisputed champions of the round-leather game and most successful international women’s football team in the continent,” the statement read.
“Having won the tournament twice in 2016 and 2018, under this administration, the President assures the girls and their handlers that the whole nation is strongly standing with them and will continue to cheer them on until the final whistle in Morocco.”
The president charged the team not to rest on its victory but surpass their previous record in the upcoming Women’s World Cup tournament.
“He prays that the Super Falcons, who have produced some of the greatest African players in the history of the women’s game, will surpass their achievement in the last Women’s World Cup in 2019, where they advanced to the Round of 16, for the first time in 15 years,” he said.
“President Buhari also looks forward to the next generation of upcoming stars, who through hard work, discipline, resilience and determination, will one day win the World Cup for Nigeria.”