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Jonathan applauds Falconets

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President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday
congratulated the Falconets for winning the silver
medal at the just concluded FIFA U-20 Women’s
World Cup Tournament in Canada.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Special
Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr
Reuben Abati, in Abuja.

Jonathan believed that the Falconets had shown the
world that with their skills, strength and
determination; they could remain a global force in
women’s football for years to come.

Nigeria lost to their Germany 0-1 in an extra time in
the keenly contested final, which ended at about 2:45
a.m. Nigerian time on Monday.

The statement stated that despite the loss, Jonathan
assured the team that “all Nigerians remain proud of
the skillful, highly spirited and patriotic performance
they put up throughout the tournament.”

It stated that the president looked forward to
honouring the team with a reception at the
Presidential Villa on their return from Canada.

“Jonathan applauds the Falconets for equaling
Nigeria’s best-ever finish in the tournament and in
Aisha Oshoala, producing this year’s top scorer and
Most Valuable Player.

“The girls outplayed the Germans for long periods in
the final and also had greater ball possession and a
higher number of goal attempts.

“Jonathan stayed awake till 0300 hours (local time in
Germany) to watch the match with his aides as he
promised the girls during his chat with the team on

“The president assures the Falconets and their
trainers that they will continue to receive all the
support and encouragement they require from the
Federal Government to fully actualise their world-
beating potential.’’

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