The Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung has described Nigeria’s Falconets’ last minute draw against China as superlative.

The Falconets scored a late minute equalizer through Rasheedat Ajibade to give Nigeria a quarter final ticket in the ongoing FIFA Women’s U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.

Dalung said the victory was a reflection of their determination, team spirit and hard work.

“Let me once again congratulate you on behalf of His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari and the good people of Nigeria. It was a hard fought qualification and you worked so hard to earn this ticket. I had no doubt in my mind that you were going to scale through.”

The Minister reiterated that having watched the team during their preparation for the tournament and against Haiti, he had no doubt that the team was going to get the needed result.

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“I am so excited and I know that millions of Nigerians are also happy with the result.”

Dalung commended the girls for their resilience in throwing everything at the Chinese who eventually succumbed to the pressure from the Falconets with the last touch of the highly explosive game.

He assured the team of immediate payment of the $10,000 he promised the team for booking a quarter final ticket.

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