Nigeria Legend Nwankwo Kanu Sends Special Message to Crestfallen Super Falcon Players After WWC Exit

Nigeria Legend Nwankwo Kanu Sends Special Message to Crestfallen Super Falcon Players After WWC Exit

Lukman Mumuni
updated at August 9, 2023 at 1:09 PM
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  • Nwankwo Kanu has congratulated the Super Falcons team
  • The Super Falcons reached the round of 16 at the Women's World Cup
  • The team are expected to arrive in Nigeria on Wednesday following their World Cup exit

Former Super Eagles forward, Nwankwo Kanu has stated how proud he is of the Super Falcons team despite their exit from the FIFA Women's World Cup.

The nine-time African champions were eliminated at the round of 16 stage after a gallant showing against European champions England.

After 120 minutes, the game had to be settled on penalties, with England advancing 4-2 from the spot kicks.

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Nwankwo Kanu has encouraged the Super Falcons to stay positive after their World Cup exit. Credit: @thenff
Source: Twitter

Before their elimination, Nigeria held Olympic champions Canada, before beating co-hosts Australia and drawing with Ireland.

"Congratulations to our Super Falcons. Well-done ladies and keep your head up we proud of you all," he wrote on Twitter, while encouraging the players.

The Super Falcons are expected in Abuja on Wednesday as they return from the tournament, which was held in Australia and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, FIFPro is calling on the Nigerian Football Federation to settle the unpaid bonuses of players after concerns were raised during the tournament, as shared on social media.

The Super Falcons will next be involved in Olympic Games qualification as the continent women's national teams compete for a place at Paris 2024.

Nigeria stars' message to NFF

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that players from Nigeria's men's national team have thrown their weight behind their female counterparts by calling out the federation to settle the Super Falcons' payments following their impressive showing at the Women's World Cup.

The Super Falcons were eliminated from the tournament in Australia and New Zealand after a penalty shootout defeat to England.

However, the players remain unpaid by the Nigerian Football Federation, leading to the release of a statement from FIFPro.

Alozie forgives Lauren James

Super Falcons defender, Michelle Alozie has brushed off the foul by the Lionesses' Lauren James during their Women's World Cup round of 16 match on Monday in Brisbane.

The Chelsea winger was sent off for deliberately stamping on the Nigerian defender in the 84th minute of the knockout game.

England managed to advance to the next round via a penalty shootout victory, despite playing the rest of the game with a numerical disadvantage.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.
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