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Stella Mbachu preaches sustenance of Aisha Buhari Cup event

August 25 2021

Nigeria women football great and Assistant Coach of Heartland Queens FC of Owerri, Stella Mbachu has advocated that the Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Tournament be sustained in the interest of women and girls in Nigeria and other parts of Africa.

“Football has a way of driving home messages better and across wider territories, and you would be surprised at how far the messages can go. In this light, I am calling on the organizers and also the First Lady herself to see to the sustenance of the laudable project.

“It is usually easy to start a project, but here in Africa, sustaining it is always a challenge. I am appealing to the First Lady to sustain it even after she must have left office. It should not be allowed to die.”

The Aisha Buhari Foundation focuses on women and young girls as well as vulnerable people like widows, orphans and the disabled across the country. The programme involves training for entrepreneurial skills and provision of starter packs, conditional and unconditional cash transfers and provision of business tools.

Mbachu also said the tournament will help participating teams in their preparation towards the qualification race of the 2022 Women AFCON and the Championship proper. “It is a good tournament and even has all the characteristics of the Women AFCON. It is a great opportunity for the teams involved to prepare for the major tournaments ahead.”

PHOTO: Dr (Mrs) Aisha Buhari

Road Safety, Civil Defence operatives pledge support for Aisha Buhari Cup

The Federal Road Safety Commission and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps have pledged their full support for security services at the maiden edition of the Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament holding in the City of Lagos 13th – 21st September 2021.

At different meetings held in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Wednesday, both agencies were emphatic in their readiness to provide top grade services to assist the LOC in the organization of a hitch-free tournament.

At the offices of the Civil Defence Corps, Assistant Commandant-General Haruna Mohammed Lawal said the NFF is one of the few agencies that have emerged stronger in spite of present challenges, and that the corps will treat the tournament as a national assignment.

At the offices of the FRSC, top officials including Deputy Marshall Shehu Alkali Zaki met with the Chairman of the LOC Sub-Committee on Safety and Security, Alh. Ibrahim Gusau; AIG Umar Baba; Barr. Okey Obi (CAF Security Officer); Miss Joan Efugh (FIFA Security Officer); Secretary, Barnabas Joro and others, and assured them of the commission’s readiness to deploy men and materials to control traffic during the event.

PHOTO 1: LOC Security Sub-Committee members, including the Chairman, Alh. Ibrahim Gusau, AIG Umar Baba, Barr. Okey Obi, Miss Joan Efugh and Secretary, Barnabas Joro with top officials of the FRSC in a group photograph after the visit on Wednesday.

PHOTO 2: LOC Security Sub-Committee chairman, Alh. Gusau (right), with ACG Lawal.

Aisha Buhari Cup will create enlightenment and help the lot of the girl-child – Nwaneri

Former Super Falcons’ defender Adanna Nwaneri has connected the hosting of the Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Football Tournament with the other laudable programmes of the country’s First Lady, Dr (Mrs) Aisha Buhari and declared that the tournament is in the interest of the girl-child across the African continent.

Dr (Mrs) Aisha Buhari, a Global TB Ambassador and EMTCT (Elimination of Mother-To-Child Transmission) Champion, has built the Aisha Buhari Foundation along the first four pillars of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), viz ending poverty, ending hunger, living healthy lives and access to education - which are all dependent on the economic empowermen…

[4:59 PM, 8/25/2021] MR KOLA SA Media: Oluwayemisi Adeyanju for the story

[5:01 PM, 8/25/2021] MR KOLA SA Media: Nigeria eyes first medal as Adesokan hits Tokyo

Nigeria's world Para Powerlifting champion, Yakubu Adesokan, arrived Tokyo on Wednesday night to light up the Team Nigeria camp in expectation for early entry on the medals table.

Competition in Para Powerlifting at the Tokyo Paralympics starts on Thursday morning with Adesokan taking the first go in the 48kg category.

He is joined by Latifat Tijani, gold medalist at the Brazzaville 2015 Africa Games and silver medalist at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, who will also be in the women's 45kg straight gold medal contest same day.

Adesokan, a London 2012 Paralympic and 2014 World Para Powerlifting Championships gold medalist is world favourite for gold in Tokyo, going by his record 180kg lift.

He did not come early with the rest of the team on August 14 and 21 due to circumstances unforeseen and beyond human control.

While his arrival has sent jitters on challengers from other countries, he however faces an acid test for quick recovery from the long (almost 20 hours) trip from Nigeria and the long and tiring immigration and health check processes at the Tokyo International Airport, Narita, then to match out for action by 11am the next day.

Adesokan however exuded confidence as he emerged from the departure lounge, indicating his readiness for the task.

His disposition is to make good the gold medal he lost in Rio 2016 when he missed his way to the competition venue and arrived too late for the contest

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