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More tournaments mean more opportunities for African teams

The Aisha Buhari Cup is extremely important, as it has given African teams a more competitive experience

ZURICH, Switzerland, September 22, 2021 / APO Group / –

Women’s football and FIFA’s (www.FIFA.com) desire to see more African teams qualify for the ninth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023 were the focus of a visit from work of a FIFA delegation in Nigeria. Led by FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura and including FIFA Women’s Football Manager Sarai Bareman, the delegation attended the inaugural Aisha Buhari Cup, a women’s football tournament featuring six African national teams, in Lagos, in Nigeria. The Aisha Buhari Cup was designed by the First Lady of Nigeria, Her Excellency Dr. Mrs. Aisha Buhari, and aims to highlight the theme of ‘playing for good’ while inspiring and empowering the women who participate in it, and the multitude who follow him on social networks and on television.

The delegation was accompanied during the competition by Isha Johansen, member of the FIFA Council, and Kanizat Ibrahim, Vice-President of CAF. Simultaneously show their support for competing teams and underline the belief shared by women football leaders that women’s teams in Africa must now focus on capacity building and develop pathways to senior national teams. The presence of the FIFA delegation followed the presence of the presidents of FIFA and CAF for its opening. Discussions were also held with the tournament organizers, the Nigerian Football Association and its President and FIFA Council Member Amaju Pinnick on the future of women’s football in Nigeria, and the strategies that could be put in place to see the Super Falcons qualify in 2023. It was also the occasion for discussions between FIFA’s head of women’s football, Sarai Bareman, and NFF executive committee member, Aisha Falode, on how FIFA can best support the federation.

The FIFA delegation also attended the annual NFF Awards during their mission to Lagos and were delighted to see women’s football not only in the spotlight at the event, but also celebrated with great enthusiasm. Speaking at the end of the mission, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said: “Nigeria is a country full of passion and I am delighted to see this passion channeled into women’s football. The Aisha Buhari Cup is extremely important because it has given African teams a more competitive experience. “The more we expand the opportunities for our daughters to gain experience through tournaments at the continental level, the greater the chances that more African teams will qualify for the enlarged FIFA Women’s World Cup.” FIFA Women’s Football Manager Sarai Bareman added: “The skills and natural talent of African women’s football are simply exceptional and this tournament has provided an excellent window to see that. FIFA will be working closely with our AM across the continent, like the NFF and its dedicated women’s football team, to develop clear strategies and roadmaps for African teams.

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