NFF boss praises first lady for reception of Nigeria’s FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 heroines
Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie takes a goal kick against Canada during the Group stage of the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia
By Rasheed Adewuyi
President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau has commended the wife of Nigeria’s president, distinguished senator Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, CON, for hosting players and officials of the Super Falcons, following the team’s historic performance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, dubbed Australia and New Zealand 2023.
The First Lady treated the three available players of the Super Falcons and their officials to a state reception at the State House, Abuja on Monday morning. In attendance were team captain Onome Ebi, midfield lynchpin Christy Ucheibe, and goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, as well as a number of NFF technical and administrative officials such as, the NFF president, NFF 1st vice president (Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu), and the general secretary (Dr. Mohammed Sanusi).
At the occasion, distinguished senator Tinubu hailed the Super Falcons for their outing at the biggest stage possible, saying their hard work, focus and determination were seen and appreciated by Nigerians at home and in the diaspora. She did not mince words, adding: “They made Nigerians proud with their scintillating football and deserve to be honored.”
She also prayed for quick recovery for the mother of goalkeeper and on-field captain Chiamaka Nnadozie, who underwent medical operation last week. The first-choice goalkeeper was therefore unable to attend the occasion as scheduled.
Gusau said the first lady’s gesture was very encouraging and would certainly spur other National Teams, indeed other sports teams, to give their all when representing Nigeria at international level.
“This kind gesture by the first lady is heartwarming, and I must say that it is a super-incentive that will stimulate our National Teams to give their very best whenever they’re contesting major matches and championships going forward.
“The first lady said very nice words to the players and they were quite happy. We thank her for the very kind gesture.”
Also in attendance were the wife of the vice president, Hajia Nana Shettima and the wife of the senate president, Mrs. Ekaette Akpabio.
Unbeaten in regulation time in all four matches they played at the World Cup, the Super Falcons exited the tournament after a penalty shootout defeat by England in the Round of 16, Monday of last week.