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Aisha Buhari Cup Gets N50m Sports Ministry’s Support; Dare: ‘It’ll Boost Women’s Football’

Aisha Buhari Cup Gets N50m Sports Ministry’s Support; Dare: ‘It’ll  Boost Women’s Football’

The Aisha Buhari Cup, an international women’s football invitational tournament which inaugural edition holds in Lagos, Nigeria next month has received N50million support from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.

Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, has also talked up the potentials of the tournament to boost the development of women’s football in Nigeria and unite the nation.

Declaring this on Tuesday in his office in Abuja when he received in audience the Local Organising Committee(LOC) of the competition, the Minister commended them for the wonderful work done so far and the efforts made to host a successful competition inspite of the challenges.

“I knew you started all these with little or no funds,” Dare remarked.

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“But seeing how much progress you have made and positive strides you have taken show to me that you are miracle workers. I have read a lot about what you have done even when I was at the Olympics.”

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The Minister further assured that all necessary support will be given to make the competition a huge success because it will unite the nation and encourage more interest and participation in the women’s game.

Dare added: “When the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick told me of the plans to stage the competition, the first question I asked him was if he had enough time to see it through. He said yes and I promised to lend him my support hundred percent. I’m glad that the event is now a reality. The competition will not only excite and inspire our people, it will also unite us.

“Whatever will unite people has the full support of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, so my support is total especially since it has to do with women’s football. FIFA is unapologetic about the development of the women’s game. The competition is going to attract more women to take to football.”

The Sports Minister thereafter declared a financial support of Fifty Million Naira (N50m) for the competition with a promise to getting other well meaning Nigerians to do same.

In his remarks, Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee(LOC), Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi thanked the Minister for his support in getting the Presidential Task Force(PTF) on Covid 19 to grant permission to have the event staged in Nigeria.

He said the importance of the competition is underscored by the interest shown in it by six of the top women football playing nations in Africa namely Ghana, Morocco, Cameroon, South Africa, Mali, Cote’d Ivoire and hosts Nigeria.

He appealed to the Minister to assist in fast tracking entry visas for the participating teams.

The Aisha Buhari invitational tournament will take pace in Lagos from September 13th – 21st at the Agege Stadium and the refurbished Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan.

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  • Everything is politics in that country…when will Dare and his ministry donate money to AFN and NFF to offset bills owed by them

    • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

      Hehehehehe…..you mean bills they are intentionally owing just to frustrate the team into churning out bad results to warrant a sack of the coach or outright resignation due to frustration by the coach….?!

      They know what they are all doing. Unfortunately for them….they have more than their match in the willy old fox called Mr Rohr…… LMAOOOO

  • Since it’s named after Buhari wife they will find money by all means to do eye service but, if it is to pay athletes or national team player they will say there is no money. I tell u this man will end up as the worst sport minister in Nigeria. Did he know that the pitch the national team is playing on Friday is sub standard and also know that Rohr and his players have not been paid for months but he can donate money to host one useless competition all in the name of curry favour from Buhari. Later he go come do one yeye warm up to distract the players mtccccçheew.

    • The super falcons have a Nations cup qualifier against Ghana in October and this match is important because the nation’s cup or African women championship will determine Africa’s five representatives at the FIFA women’s world cup.

      Instead of preparing adequately for the matches (home and away) using this money as bonuses and if necessary to settle debts owed and all. They want to waste on a Cup that has no relevance whatsoever.

      Let them assume we will qualify for the AWC easily. They seem to forget we didn’t qualify for the Olympics.

      People who lack vision and goals these NFF and sports minister are.