By Emmanuel Adeleke
The Super Falcons of Nigeria defeated their fierce rivals, Cameroon 1-0 in the ongoing Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) quarter-final clash in Casablanca, Morocco, on Thursday evening.
Nigeria’s forward, Rasheedat Ajibade, scored the only goal of thre match in the 57th minute to increase her tally at the tournament to three.
With the victory, the Super Falcons have secured a ninth World Cup ticket in Australia and New Zealand in 2023.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Falcons for qualifying for the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2023 after their quarter-final victory.
This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina.
“The President lauds the spirited performance of the team in the tournament and for maintaining its dominant posture as undisputed champions of the round-leather game and most successful international women’s football team in the continent.
‘”Having won the tournament twice in 2016 and 2018, under this administration, the President assures the girls and their handlers that the whole nation is strongly standing with them and will continue to cheer them on until the final whistle in Morocco,” the statement read.
The president charged the team not to rest on its victory but surpass their previous record in the upcoming Women’s World Cup tournament.
“He prays that the Super Falcons, who have produced some of the greatest African players in the history of the women’s game, will surpass their achievement in the last Women’s World Cup in 2019, where they advanced to the Round of 16, for the first time in 15 years.
“President Buhari also looks forward to the next generation of upcoming stars, who through hard work, discipline, resilience and determination, will one day win the World Cup for Nigeria,” he said