The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Saturday commended the Super Falcons for emerging African champions for the 8th time.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, Dogara said that by winning the 2016 African Women’s Cup of Nations, the Super Falcons had made Nigeria proud.
The Super Falcons defeated the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon 1-0 at the final game of the competition on Saturday.
Super Falcons scored in the 84th minute of the match.
“The Super Falcons played classic Nigerian soccer, exhibiting the true Nigerian spirit of resilience and hardwork,” Dogara said.
The speaker hailed Desire Oparanozie who scored the only goal that saw the Falcons beat the Cameroonians in Yaounde.
“By weathering the storm in all stages of the competition, the Super Falcons displayed an uncommon spirit of patriotism to Nigeria.
“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,’’ Dogara stated.
Similarly, Christian Chukwu, a former Super Eagles Coach has congratulated the Super Falcons of Nigeria for doing the nation proud.
Chukwu in a telephone interview with NAN in Okutipupa, Ondo State said that the Falcons proved themselves as “Super” by retaining the title.
“Although, the Falcons missed so many scoring chances, it is expected in a final match; but they performed excellently since the beginning of the championship.
“I congratulate the Falcons and Nigerians on the sweet victory because they have proved to the world that they are indeed “Super” for retaining the title,” Chukwu said.