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Tallen promises to lift, mobilise support for women football

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Super Falcons’ Captain, Asisat Oshoala (left) introduces Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, Women Affairs Minister, Dame Pauline Tallen, NWFL Chairperson, Aisha Falode, and an Algerian Embassy official to the women national team before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifier against Algeria in Lagos…on Tuesday. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI

Thrilled by the Super Falcons’ performance in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifier against Algeria on Tuesday, Women Affairs Minister, Dame Pauline Tallen has promised to support the growth of the women game in Nigeria.

Dame Tallen, who was among the dignitaries at the Agege Stadium when the Super Falcons defeated their Algerian counterparts 1-0 to move to the second round of the qualifying series on 3-0 aggregate, was thrilled by the girls’ fighting spirit against the Algerians, who clearly wanted to upset their hosts.

Speaking to the Falcons after the game, Dame Tallen promised that henceforth she would ensure they are comfortable whenever they represent Nigeria in any competition.

She added: “I will closely work with the Minister of Sports to ensure that everything you need, morally and materially, would be provided for you to excel.

“More importantly, I want to assure you that Nigeria will reward you for everything you have done for the country, but I want you to put the nation first always.”

Dame Tallen, who is the first Women Affairs Minister to openly identify with the Falcons, and also the only serving female minister to ever watch their game, also promised to sensitise the Presidency on the achievements of the girls and the issues affecting the growth of women football in Nigeria.

Worried by the poor turn out of fans to cheers the team, Dame Tallen promised to mobilise women groups to support the Falcons any time they have a game, adding that they would start getting the psychological boost they need before and during every assignment.

The Super Falcons, who have more African Nations Cup titles than any other country, recently won the African Games gold medal at the last edition of the continental sports fiesta in Morocco.

Also speaking to the Falcons, Sports Minister, Sunday Dare charged the girls to continue winning in the race to Tokyo 2020 in order to be one of the teams that will fly Africa’s flag at the women’s football tournament of next year’s Olympics.

He also assured that his tenure would focus on a template of providing the best training facilities for both men and women football players to excel, cater for their welfare and work peacefully and harmoniously with the Nigeria Football Federation to guarantee adequate preparation for Nigerian national teams before international matches and championships.


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