President and commander-in-chief of Nigeria’s armed forces, President Muhammadu Buhari have reacted to the Super Falcons 2-0 victory over Asian side, Korea Republic. Thomas Dennerby’s side went ahead in their game after D Y Kim in the process of cutting off a pass put the ball in the back of her net as Asisat Oshoala doubled the Super Falcons lead later in the second half.
Buhari who alongside Nigeians celebrated the Nations new Democracy day, sent a message to the girls via his official Facebook account after the win. “I’m pleased I was able to watch the Super Falcons match against South Korea, after the Democracy Day Lunch.” Buhari said.
“Congratulations to the Team and Coaching Crew. A well-deserved win on a very special day for Nigeria. We are all proud of your victory.” The President concluded. Buhari on the new Democracy Day proposed the renaming of the National Stadim, Abuja to MKO Abiola Stadium as a way of keeping the late President-elect’s memories alive.
Abiola, when alive was notable for his many contribution to the development of sports in Nigeria, including supporting the then Nigeria Football Association.
The Super Falcons have now become the first African side in Women’s World Cup history to win their second group game at the tournament, with 12 of the previous 13 such matches ending in defeat for sides from Africa.
Nigeria would play 2019 hosts France in their final group A game as they hope to secure qualification to the last 16 for the first time since they did so in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup which held in the USA.