A working visit by a FIFA delegation to Nigeria focused on women’s football and FIFA’s ambition to see more African countries qualify for the ninth Women’s World Cup in 2023.
The group, led by FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura and including FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Bareman, attended the inaugural Aisha Buhari Cup in Lagos, Nigeria, which featured six African national teams.
FIFA Council member Isha Johansen and CAF vice president Kanizat Ibrahim joined the delegation at the competition.
The FIFA delegation arrived after the FIFA and CAF presidents met with the event organizers, the Nigerian Football Federation, and its president, Amaju Pinnick, to discuss the future of the women’s football in the country.
During their visit to Lagos, the FIFA group also attended the annual NFF Awards, where they were happy to see women’s football not only in the spotlight but also feted with tremendous enthusiasm.
“Nigeria is a country full of enthusiasm, and I’m very glad to see this energy being channeled into women’s football,” FIFA Secretary-General Samoura remarked at the conclusion of the mission. The Aisha Buhari Cup is crucial because it gave African teams the opportunity to get more competitive experience. The more opportunities we provide for our girls to gain experience in continental tournaments, the more likely we are to see more African teams.
qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which has been expanded.”
*The skill and natural talent in African women’s football is simply fantastic, and this tournament has provided a great opportunity to watch this,* said FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer Bareman. FIFA will collaborate closely with our African MAs, such as the NFF and its specialized women’s football staff, to develop clear strategies and roadmaps for African teams.”