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Sports Minister hails Lagos State for Aisha Buhari Cup success

THE sports minister Sunday Dare has commended the Lagos State Government for successfully hosting the Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament so far.

The tournament, also known as the Aisha Buhari Cup, features six top women’s national teams from across Africa.

The competition began on Wednesday and will run until Tuesday next week.

The Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration has also been applauded for their support for football and their hosting of the Super Eagles.

Dare claimed the successes recorded by the Nigerian football teams in recent times would not have happened if not for the support from the Lagos government.

“Lagos State Government is a strong pillar of support for Nigerian football,” Dare said in his speech during the FIFA delegation’s visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja on Thursday.

“Governor Babajide Sanwoolu and his team left no stones unturned. They have been a rock of support for the Super Eagles and Super Falcons, and all the positive news about the ongoing Aisha Buhari Cup would not have been without them.

“It is important that we appreciate them for what they are doing now as well as praise and encourage them for the laudable plans in place for the future.”

Governor Sanwoolu had revealed at the special dinner organised by the Nigeria Football Federation for FIFA President Gianni Infantino that nine mini-stadia would be built across the state soon.

He said these stadia would help in talent discovery, exposure and management in Lagos State.

The Super Falcons opened the Aisha Buhari Cup with a 2-0 win over Mali on Wednesday, while Morocco stunned Cameroon 1-0 on Thursday.

The two teams yet to face action, South Africa and Ghana, will meet each other on Friday.

The newly rebuilt and renamed Mobolaji Johnson Arena (formerly Onikan Stadium) on the Lagos Island is hosting all the matches.

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