FIFA President, Sepp Blatter on Friday reiterated his conviction that the U-20 Women National Team, Falconets, were simply brilliant at the just-ended FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup finals in Japan.
In a personal letter to the President of Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, Mr. Blatter described the Falconets as being “symbol of a bright future for the women’s game on the African continent”.
He wrote: “I would like to congratulate Nigerian women’s team on another successful campaign at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, in which the Falconets have once again been excellent flagbearers for African women’s football and a symbol of a bright future for the women’s game on the African continent.
“While it is only natural to be disappointed not to have gone one step further than at the last tournament in Germany, the exciting crop of players that you are developing can only have benefited from their experiences in this tournament.
The challenge now is to keep this team together and turn the Falconets into Super Falcons in Canada in 2015.
“I wish you all the best with your efforts to continue this excellent run of results and would also like to thank Nigeria for their contribution to the promotion of the women’s game through their creativity, strength and character.”
This huge applause came on the eve of a reception organized on Saturday for the Falconets by the President, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) at the State House, Aso Rock Villa