Member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Women’s Football Committee Thelma Agara says she is confident organisers of the maiden Aisha Buhari Invitational tournament will deliver a quality competition that will impress the world.
Six countries; Morocco, Mali, South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana and hosts Nigeria will battle for honours in the high-profile tournament from 13th to 21st September, 2021.
Speaking exclusively to www.busybuddiesng.com, the former Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens secretary also commended the NFF hierarchy led by Amaju Pinnick for portraying the country in a good light through the tournament.
“I know very well that Nigeria will really impress the world (during the Aisha Buhari Cup),” she said.
“This is why, sometimes, you bring in certain persons to man positions. I think I will commend the NFF President Mr. Melvin Pinnick because he has really showcased Nigeria properly in the outside world.
“I will also commend the Board Members of NFF, including Aisha Falode, who has also been piloting the affairs of women’s football in the country.
“I think it will really showcase us, and you know Nigerians, we know how to prepare for things. I know that we will have a positive outing that will favour this country.”
Aside serving as a preparation for the forthcoming qualifiers for the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, the experienced administrator noted that the Aisha Buhari Cup will be used to address some of the issues affecting the girl child in developing countries.
“It is an important tournament for the Super Falcons because: one, it will prepare them properly for the AWCON qualifiers, and for the Super Falcons to attend the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023,” she added.
“And at the same time, this tournament is used to address issues affecting women in developing countries.”
The Bayelsa –born administrator is a member of the Transport and Accommodation Committee of the Aisha Buhari Cup, and she says it is a great privilege for her.
“I feel so privileged to be in a committee in such a high-profile event that is coming up in the country. It is not easy,” she said.
“So, I’m happy to be in that committee, and moreover, it is not as if it is in my state. It is being hosted in Lagos State. I’m not from Lagos State.
“So, if I can be in such committee in another man’s state, I should glorify God for that.”
FIFA President Gianni Infatino, his CAF counterpart Patrice Motsepe and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura are some of the dignitaries expected to grace the 9-day tournament in Lagos.
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