Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday revealed that maiden Aisha Buhari cup has been approved by the FIFA.
In a statement issued by the NFF spokesperson, Ademola Olajire , a FIFA communication was signed by Gordon Savic, head of Qualifiers and International Matches.
“In accordance with the article 7 of the regulations, FIFA is happy to provide official authorisation for this women’s tier 1 tournament…we hereby remind the participating teams that the Laws of the Game must strictly be applied to these tier-1 matches.
“Finally, we would also like to draw your attention to the contents of FIFA’s circular no.1735 of 1st October 2020. The strict application of the FIFA’s Return to Football – International Match Protocol (IMP), or an equivalent protocol of your confederation compliant with the said Protocol, is required,” the FIFA letter stated.
The countries that will take part in this competition are Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, and Morocco. The tournament will start on September 15 at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, in Lagos.
A member of the South African team, Bambanani Mbane, who expressed her excitement at the tournament said “I’m very excited because it’s being a long time that we have not played international games, so this tournament will give us an indication as players how far we are with ourselves and football.”
Super Falcon who ranked No 1 and 38 in Africa and world respectively will use this tournament to adequately prepare for the qualifiers for the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations, which will also serve as the 2023 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after failure to qualify for just concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympics.