Even in the wake of their elimination from the ongoing 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, President Bola Tinubu and his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, have extended commendations to the Super Falcons, emphasizing their plans to host and celebrate the team upon their return to Nigeria.
Despite a valiant effort, the Super Falcons narrowly missed the mark, as England capitalized on a fortunate turn of events when Lauren James received a red card, leaving them with 10 players.
The Lionesses emerged victorious in a tense last-16 penalty shootout in Brisbane, securing their advancement over Nigeria following a 0-0 draw that kept fans on the edge of their seats throughout 120 thrilling minutes.
In a tweet following the match, President Tinubu applauded the 11-time champions’ performance, stating, “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!”
Addressing the press, Senator Oluremi Tinubu praised the Falcons for their remarkable performance and affirmed that the team will be warmly received upon their return. She remarked, “They played exceptionally well, and we are immensely proud of their performance. We gave England a formidable challenge, and we eagerly anticipate their arrival.”
She further noted, “The match was no walk in the park for England. Our valiant effort felt like a bonus to them, and they indeed exhibited exceptional soccer skills.”
This marked the Super Falcons’ ninth World Cup appearance, and they have now exited at the round of 16 for the second consecutive time, after being eliminated by Germany in 2019. Despite the conclusion of their campaign, their commendable performance has garnered recognition and appreciation from prominent figures within Nigeria.