President of the Confederation of African Football, Patrice Motsepe, has hailed the three contingents of Africa (Nigeria, South Africa, and Morocco) for reaching the knock round of the 2023 FIFA Womens World Cup.
Just eight months after Atlas Lions of Morocco made a record-breaking feat at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Africa’s representative at the Women’s World Cup once again has the world sitting up and taking notice – after three of its four representatives reached the round of 16.
For the first time in history, there are three African emissaries at the knock round of the Women’s World Cup.
Atlas Lioness of Morocco with their outstanding voyage, becomes the first African country to secure two consecutive victories.
Nigeria for the first time avoided defeat at the group stage.
Coppa Queens, who failed to qualify from their group, still finished on a high note.
“CAF and the 54 African nations that are members of CAF congratulate the Women’s Teams of Nigeria, Morocco, and South Africa for their historic and well-deserved qualification to the Round of 16 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023,” Mostepe said.
“The Super Falcons, the Atlas Lionesses, and Banyana Banyana have made the people of Nigeria, Morocco, and South Africa, as well as the people of the rest of the African continent, very proud with their outstanding performances and hard-earned victories at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023.
“The future of Women’s football on the African Continent is bright.
“The victories and successes of the Nigerian, Moroccan, and South African women’s teams will contribute significantly to the development and growth of women’s football in Africa.
“CAF wishes the Nigerian, Moroccan, and South African women’s football teams everything of the best for their upcoming matches.”
On Saturday South Africa takes on the Netherlands for the last 8 spots, Falcons will battle England on Monday morning while debutant Morocco locks horns with France on Tuesday.