From Kemi Yesufu and Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has hailed Nigeria’s national female football team the Super Falcons as heroines worthy of emulation for emerging as champions of Africa for the eight time.
The Super Falcons defeated Cameroon by a goal to lift the trophy.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, Dogara said by winning the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations the Super Falcons have made the country proud.
He said the Super Falcons played classic Nigerian soccer exhibiting the true Nigerian spirit of resilience and hardwork. This is just as he described the girls as patriots.
The Speaker specifically commended Desire Oparanozie who scored the only goal that saw the Falcons beat the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroun on their home soil.
He noted that by weathering the storm in all stages of the competition, the Super Falcons displayed an uncommon spirit of patriotism to Nigeria.
The statement read in part: “You have not only earned yourself a place in our history and advanced your careers as athletes but your victory today is a victory to all Nigerians”.
“We are proud of all the players and members of the technical crew more especially Florence Omagbemi who made history as the first to win the championship as a player and a coach.”