The Super Falcons players have been gifted N7.6 million ($10,000) each by Nigeria’s first lady, Oluremi Tinubu for their exploits at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Super Falcons made it to the Round of 16 at the competition before bowing out on penalties against the Three Lionesses of England.
The nine-time African champions caught her eye with their impressive performance in the competition.
Tinubu hosted the players in Abuja this week and praised them for their “unbreakable spirit and unwavering strength”.
According to a statement issued by her spokesperson, Busola Kukoyi, the First Lady paid glowing tribute to the players, who, she said, represented Nigeria well on the global stage, noting that the world took notice of the dexterity of the players.
“Although the final result did not go our way, I am here to remind you that victory is not solely determined by the score on the field. The unbreakable spirit and unity that you demonstrated are true markers of success.
“You have not only represented Nigeria on the global stage, but have also become role models for our youth, especially young girls who now see their aspirations mirrored in you.
“I salute you today and welcome you back home and our goodwill and best wishes go to other players who have gone back to their base. You gave your all, and we stand with you. We are so proud of you.”
In his remarks, NFF President, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau, thanked the First Lady for the warm reception and assured that the players would continue to give good and qualitative representation to the country.
The captain of the team, Onome Ebi, said the team worked hard and tirelessly to bring home the coveted FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy back home.
She promised that the team would continue to press on relentlessly to ensure they make the country proud on the football field.
The First Lady received the players with the wife of the Vice President, Hajia Nana Shettima, and wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Ekaette Akpabio.