Minister of sports, Solomon Dalung has announced a gift of $2,000 to each of the U-20 Women’s National Team, Falconets for their 1-0 victory against Haiti in the group stage of the ongoing World Cup in France.
In a statement today, Sunday, the minister said that the players and officials have also been paid their daily camp allowances till August 13, 2018.
“I believe that the Falconets have been well motivated for Monday’s game against China and I’ve been assured by the players that they will play out their hearts to get a quarter final ticket.
“The U-20 Women’s team have been in the final in 2010 and 2014 and I know that you all will work hard to repeat that success in 2018. Like I earlier promised, all your entitlements will be offset soon but you will get a personal token of $10,000 from me if you beat China on Monday.
“As a country we have identified our areas of strength and comparative advantage of which women’s football is one of them and we will need to invest more in it. On behalf of the His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari and the good people of Nigeria, I wish you a successful outing against China on Monday.”
Sports Minister Solomon Dalung said.that he is optimistic that the Falconets of Nigeria will clinch the second quarter final ticket to finish as runners up of Group D.
The Falconets who will face China in their last group D match tomorrow, Monday need a draw to advance to the next round.
Nigeria is currently second in Group D with three points behind leaders Germany who have six. China is third with three points and Haiti have no points. [myad]