FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, CAF President, Dr. Patrice Motsepe, FIFA General and other world football dignitaries will be gracing the Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Football Tournament.
The six-nation tournament scheduled for Lagos from September 14 to 20, 2021 will feature hosts, Nigeria, Cameroun, Ghana, South Africa and emerging powers, Mali and Morocco.
According to the message from NFF President Amaju Pinninck to the Director of organisation for the tournament, Aisha Falode said the presence of the world football leaders is complimentary to the status of the Nigeria first lady in whose honour the competition is organised.
“The football top shots acceptance to be part of the Aisha Buhari Cup as confirmed by the NFF President is a mark of respect for Nigeria’s indefatigable First Lady, Aisha Buhari. They want to use the occasion to honour her as well as recognise her various activities and contributions in and outside Nigeria over the girl-child advocacy and empowerment programmes” said falode
She also noted that their
acceptance to attend the tournament reflects the current global drive to raise the bar of women football across the to world, particularly in Africa.
“Their acceptance to personally attend the football fiesta is in line with the football body’s programmes of growth, commercialisation, marketing and rebranding of the women football, which of late have seen issues affecting the game receiving global attention at every forum”.
Falode while giving assurance that the tournament will live up to high standard added that the it project share the same resolve with Aisha Buhari’s pet NGO project ‘Future Assured’ with its central theme on girl-child empowerment.
“FIFA and CAF are deeply involved with various programmes on empowerment, leadership and governance among the women folks. The leadership of these football bodies have sunk huge intervention funds in various programmes directed at women and these interventions are in tandem with Nigeria’s First Lady, Aisha Buhari’s pet NGO project ‘Future Assured’ with its central theme on girl-child empowerment” remarked the NWFL Chairperson
“Remember that the football event will host the best women football playing countries in Africa and the presence on such august occasion of the movers and shakers of football in Africa and world will just be right and deserving for the name of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari”
The tournament will see Nigeria Super Falcons filing out under the tutelage of Randy Waldrum for their third invitational outing in the year 2021.