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Aisha Buhari Cup: Dare urges Super Falcons to keep their heads up in defeat

By Olanrewaju Akojede

Sports and Youth Development Minister Sunday Dare on Tuesday urged the Super Falcons to raise their heads despite the 2-4 loss to South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in the just-coming Aisha Buhari Cup. finish.

Dare said so when he visited Randy Waldrum’s moderate ladies in the dressing room after a disappointing result against their rival, the South African team.

Nigeria‘s news agency reports that the Banyana Bayana emerged victorious in the Aisha Buhari Cup after cutting the wings of the Super Falcons.

The very entertaining match was played in the newly renovated Mobolaji Johnson Arena, formerly Onikan Stadium.

Dare urged the Super Falcons to put their pieces together for the next challenge that awaits them.

“You have the potential, but there are lessons to be learned here and I’m sure they have been learned.

“I am happy that you did not suffer any injuries to be able to continue playing for your club and your country.

“Lift your head, you have proven yourself and you will have more opportunities and you will give yourself a challenge for the next matches,” he said.

Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick also said the loss should not be seen as a setback but as proof that the Super Falcons are no longer invincible.

He also assured the team of the NFF’s support: “Whatever happens the NFF will always support you as a team, you played with a goal.

“The result is that we are no longer invincible and we need to improve our games.

“With the support of the NFF, you have scheduled the necessary training, that in Turkey, the United States and Australia. The government will do everything in its power to support you.

“You have to challenge yourself, beat Ghana at home and away, also beat Cote d’Ivoire at home and away, clean yourself up and forget about today’s game,” Pinnick said. .

reports that the Super Falcons conceded three times in the first half of the game before coming back with a brace in the second half, only for Banyana Banyana to put the icing on the cake.

The South Africans took the lead with a goal against Nigerian side Alozie Chidi in the opening five minutes of the game.

The team formed by Hugo Broos surprisingly scored two goals in the 17th minute after a foul in the 18-meter box by Nigerian Onome Ebi that resulted in a penalty.

Pressure from the Nigerian side resulted in the third goal of the first half of the game as Salgado Gabriel pounced on a loose ball just before the halftime whistle.

The Super Falcons, however, came stronger in the second half to reduce the score thanks to the efforts of substitute Vivian Ikechukwu in the 47th minute.

Ikechukwu made a brace in the 52nd minute to rekindle hopes for his team’s comeback.

Banyana Banyana’s confidence was rewarded with the second penalty of the day when Motlhalo was brought inside the box for Mamello Makhabane to send the ball to the far corner of the Nigerian goal.

The goal put the South Africans back on track as they moved forward to lift the Aisha Buhari Cup and silence boisterous Lagos fans.

The special guest of honor and chief host Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, the Minister of Sports and the President of the NFF presented the trophy to Banyana Banyana.

Source: NAN

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