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FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup: President Jonathan Hails Falconets

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… Says Team Can Become Great Force In Women's Soccer

BEVERLY HILLS, August 25, (THEWILL) - President Goodluck Jonathan has congratulated Nigeria's under-20 women's football team, the Falconets, for winning the silver medal at the just concluded FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup Tournament in Canada.

President Jonathan, in a statement signed Monday by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, assured the Falconets that despite their loss in extra time to their German counterparts in Sunday's very keenly contested final, all Nigerians remain proud of the skillful, highly spirited and patriotic performance they put up throughout the tournament.

'The President applauds the Falconets who outplayed the Germans for long periods in the final, and also had greater ball possession and a higher number of goal attempts, for equaling Nigeria's best-ever finish in the tournament, and, in Asisat Oshoala, producing this year's top scorer and Most Valuable Player.

'President Jonathan who 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 Saturday, believes that the Falconets have shown the world that with their innate skills, strength, resilience and determination, they can remain a great force in women's football globally for many years to come.

'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 actualize their world-beating potentials.

'He looks forward to honouring the team with a reception at the Presidential Villa on their return from Canada,' the statement said.