Tinubu and Wife Praise Resilient Super Falcons Despite World Cup Exit
Despite their exit from the ongoing 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, President Bola Tinubu and his wife, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, have expressed their admiration for the Super Falcons’ efforts, announcing plans to honor the team upon their return to the country.
The Super Falcons displayed dominance but fell short as England capitalized on their numerical advantage after Lauren James received a red card, leaving them with 10 players.
The Lionesses eliminated Nigeria from the Women’s World Cup in a last-16 penalty shootout in Brisbane on Monday. Chloe Kelly’s crucial penalty kick secured England’s victory after Desire Oparanozie and Michelle Alozie missed for the Africans, following a tense 0-0 draw over 120 minutes.
In a post-match Tweet, Tinubu lauded the performance of the 11-time champions. “I must applaud the dedication of our Super Falcons @NGSuper_Falcons at the FIFA Women’s World Cup,” wrote the President. “Your exceptional display did not go unnoticed despite the final result. You brought pride to Nigeria on the global stage!”
Addressing the media, First Lady Oluremi Tinubu acknowledged the Falcons’ exceptional performance and confirmed the nation’s warm reception for the team. She remarked, “I want to emphasize that they played exceptionally well and we are truly proud of them. We gave England a tough competition, and we eagerly await their return.”
“The match was no walk in the park for England. It was a surprise challenge, and they truly showcased exceptional soccer,” she added.
Ranked 40th in the world, the Super Falcons have exited their ninth World Cup at the round of 16 stage for the second consecutive time. They previously faced elimination by Germany in 2019.