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FIFA scribe commends Aisha Buhari Cup



FIFA scribe commends Aisha Buhari Cup

By Babatunde Ogunrinde

Fatima Samoura, secretary general of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), on Monday praised the demonstration of skills and the level of competition during the 2021 Aisha Buhari Cup underway in Lagos.

Samoura made this known to Lagos after the game which saw Ghana’s Black Queens defeat Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses 2-0.

She said she was delighted to see the level of improvement in women’s competitive football during the tournament underway at Mobolaji Johnson Arena on Lagos Island.

She also expressed her satisfaction with the level of organization of the ongoing Aisha Buhari Cup aimed at preparing participants for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in the women’s category.

“I’m so thrilled with what I’ve seen so far in the competition, there has been a high level of skill and competitiveness.

“Indeed, the pace of the game is standard and each participating team has shown a higher level of development of the ball than ever before.

“The organizers have done well, the competition would go a long way in adding more value and class to women’s football across Africa,” she said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the entertaining match was also a good competition as both teams worked hard to fend off any form of domination during the fifth day of the showpiece.

The game, however, ended scoreless in the first half, with all efforts to register a decisive goal for both teams.

Both teams came out head-on in the second round with Ghana’s star player Pricella Adubeau securing the biggest breakthrough in the 59th minute.

She connected a pass from Elizabeth Owusuaa, passed the Cameroonian defense on the left flank, to unleash a shot that beat the Cameroonian goalkeeper for his first goal.

Ghana played with more flexibility and intensity after the goal to ensure they beat their Cameroonian opponents

They scored their second goal thanks to Vivian Konadu in the 89th minute of the game.

Konadu broke away from the defense as he chased a free ball, edging out three opposing players to detonate a shot through the right side of the Cameroonian goalkeeper.

Ghana coach Mercy Tagoe expressed satisfaction with the result and called for more support from home fans.

She said it was a very difficult game given that both teams were footballing powers in Africa, adding that she was delighted to get the momentous victory.

Tagoe also said the team showed their quality and cleared any doubts after their humiliating 0-3 loss to Bayana Bayana of South Africa in their opener.

Source: NAN

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