The Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has appealed to football loving Nigerians and the Nigerian community in Cameroon to spare a thought for the Super Falcons and come out en masse to cheer the team to victory this Saturday in the final of the 2016 CAF Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Yaoundé.

In a statement, Barrister Dalung commended the team for the results recorded so far at the ongoing tournament which has propelled them to the final.

Reviewing the semifinal game against South Africa, the Minister praised the Super Falcons for bouncing back in the second half to defeat Bayana Bayana by a lone goal scored by Desire Oparanozie.

“It was a tension soaked match  in which I was busy praying for our team not to concede a goal.

I knew that the technical crew was reading the game and would make the necessary adjustment before the resumption of the 2nd half which they did. The rest is history”.

Ahead of Saturday’s finals, Dalung appealed to the team to do everything possible to retain the title they won against Cameroon in 2014.

According to the press released by  the sports ministry, he urged the team to remain resolute because millions of Nigerians will be glued to their television sets to cheer them to victory.

“I know it will not be an easy task playing against the host in the final of a major competition like this. Nothing more than the title will be good enough for Nigerians who will see the trophy as an early Christmas gift.”

He admonished the team to do everything sportsmanly possible to emerge victorious on Saturday because “the world does not reckon with second best. We did it in 2014 against the same team and we can do it again in 2016.”

Barrister Dalung reiterated Federal Government’s support for the team as he promised that the payment of their allowances and bonuses will definitely be addressed as soon as they return to Nigeria.

“I have said it before and I will say it again. As a responsible government, we do not neglect our athletes representing us anywhere in the world neither do we discriminate against teams or sports.

We will ensure that your money is speedily processed and that you’re adequately compensated when you return. We appreciate your perseverance so far preparatory to this competition and we appeal to you once more to make the country proud by lifting the trophy on Saturday”.



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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
He currently publishes the online sports website besides and also runs a sports marketing outfit, Westcoast Works and Projects, managing and marketing live radio broadcast of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

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