World soccer powerhouse Argentina and Romania are likely to participate in the Aisha Buhari women’s soccer tournament following discussions between the organizers and both countries.
The Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament is scheduled to take place in Lagos in September with Ghana, Cameroon, Mali, South Africa, Morocco and Nigeria already confirmed for the competition.
Yesterday, the president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, revealed that they are talking with Argentine and Romanian officials about the possibility of both countries appearing in the competition, which is one of the programs that the member FIFA Council plans to implement in his candidacy. to make Lagos the number one soccer city in Africa.
The NFF president said that the inclusion of Argentina and Romania would broaden the scope of the tournament, which is Nigeria’s direct gain from its recent election to the FIFA Council.
Pinnick recently met with Argentina’s ambassador to Nigeria, Alejandro Herrero, where they discussed ways to strengthen soccer ties between Nigeria and the South American country.
Pinnick said that the Aisha Buhari tournament is in line with her mission to build a sustainable soccer culture for Nigeria, which would lead to a robust soccer industry that could contribute significantly to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He said: “Argentina and Nigeria have a cordial football rivalry, which has seen both countries in many international competitions in recent times.
“We believe that participating in the Nigerian First Lady Invitational Tournament will further strengthen the ties between Nigeria and Argentina.”