In the midst of the 2023 Women’s World Cup fervor, Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 Nigerian election, has emphasized that he harbors no remorse for forgoing his morning meal to witness the clash between Nigeria’s Super Falcons and England.
A Fierce Battle on the World Cup Stage
On August 7, 2023, an exhilarating encounter unfolded as the Super Falcons of Nigeria crossed paths with the formidable Lionesses of England in the round of 16 at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia.
The match was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. local time, a time slot that often coincides with breakfast for many Nigerian households.
Shifting Expectations and Intensifying Drama
Anticipations were mixed as the match kicked off.
England, having dominated Group D and clinched the top spot, were the favorites on paper.
However, as the game progressed, Nigerians began to nurture a growing sense of optimism.
The Nigerian team displayed increasing confidence, and this transformation on the field resonated with football enthusiasts both in Nigeria and around the world.
A Turning Point and Unresolved Battle
The tides took an unexpected turn in favor of Nigeria during the second half.
The Super Falcons’ continued display of promise, coupled with Lauren James of England receiving a red card in the 86th minute, significantly altered the dynamics of the game.
Despite the intense battle that unfolded during the 120 minutes of regulation and extra time, both Nigeria and England failed to find the back of the net, resulting in a goalless draw.
Penalty Drama Decides the Fate
As the tension mounted, the match’s fate was determined by the nerve-wracking penalty shootout.
Both Nigeria, who had secured two draws and a victory in the group stage, and England, reigning champions of the European Championship, faced off in this high-stakes showdown. Ultimately, it was the Lionesses who triumphed, securing a 4-2 victory in the penalty shootout.
Nigeria’s Desire Oparanozie and Michelle Alozie missed their spot-kick opportunities, granting England the upper hand.
Atiku Abubakar’s Encouraging Words
In the aftermath of the heart-wrenching encounter, Atiku Abubakar took to his verified Twitter account to extend his words of support to the Nigerian team.
He conveyed, “We may have lost to England in a penalty shootout, but the @NGSuper_Falcons have every reason to hold their heads high.
I still have no regrets about skipping my breakfast for this game.”
Atiku Abubakar’s unwavering endorsement and encouragement serve as a testament to the Super Falcons’ tenacity and the captivating nature of the game that kept him glued to the screen despite missing his morning meal.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn