The Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, has splashed praises on the Flamingos and the Olympic Eagles for their outstanding performances over the weekend.
The Olympic Eagles defeated Tanzania 3-1 on aggregate in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday to advance to the next round of the CAF U23 AFCON qualifiers, while the Flamingos defeated Germany on penalties to win the bronze medal on Sunday, becoming the first African team to win a medal at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup. According to the Sports Minister, “the victories are heartwarming for Nigeria and worth celebrating. “I commend the coaches and the players of both teams for giving us their best performances as well as congratulate the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) for these successes.” Football fans will hope to see a significant number of the Flamingos progress as they get promoted to the U20 team and the senior team, (The Super Falcons) in a few years. However, the Olympic Eagles will play either Uganda or Guinea in the final round of the U23 AFCON qualifiers.
Peseiro Celebrates the Bronze Medal Win for the Flamingos
Meanwhile, the Flamingos were praised by Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro after they placed third at the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India. In his tweet, he wrote “Congratulations to the Flamingos, who won the bronze medal in the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in a penalty shootout against Germany “The future of women’s football in Nigeria is bright. Congratulations to all the players, staff and directors for this notable achievement!”
This article was originally published on Naija News