Super Falcons defence stalwart, Onome Ebi said the Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s tournament was a good initiative ahead of the Women Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifying campaign.
The 38-year-old, who is the first African footballer to play in five FIFA World Cup finals said that the tournament would help the six nations taking part in it to prepare ahead of their AWCON qualifying games coming up in October.
Nine-time African champions Nigeria will tango with Ghana, Cameroon, Mali, South Africa and Morocco for the glittering trophy at the tournament scheduled for 13th – 21st September 2021.
“With regards to the Dr. Aisha Buhari Cup, I see the competition as a good one because it will help most of the teams participating in it ahead of the Women Africa Cup of Nations. As we all know that the last AWCON did not hold due to the coronavirus, I believe this Aisha Buhari Cup is going to help the teams by bringing African teams to play against themselves.
We just see it like we are playing the Africa Cup Nations again because I see that it’s the same teams that will likely be playing in the AWCON that will play in this competition. I am really excited and happy that we are going to play against a team like Ghana because we will be playing against them again in the qualifier.
“I think that will really help in preparing the team because the qualifying games will be in October. “
She said the tournament in September would help all the teams to prepare well in their qualifying games against their opponents.