Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has assured that the state is prepared to stage the best-ever football event in modern-day with the upcoming maiden Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Football Tournament.
Sanwo-Olu made this known when the Local Organising Committee for the invitational tourney paid him a visit on Wednesday.
Six of the continent’s powerhouses in women’s football – Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, Mali, and Morocco will compete for honours at the event.
Speaking during the visit, Sanwo-Olu reinstated his undying love for the women’s game and readiness to unlock the beauty and hospitality of the state to participants.
“Football is one of the lead factors that bridge the gap and bring communities closer and is enabling a more exciting world,” Sanwo-Olu said.
“The women’s game has continued to pull its weight and can be said to be present at par with the men’s game in the euphoria that it generates, and the sheer class, stamina, excellence and expertise that the players put on display.
“Lagos State is delighted to be named as hosts of this very important invitational tournament. We will aim to not only host a tournament befitting of the name and positive values that Her Excellency (Aisha Buhari) projects and promotes, but also want to showcase our state and the country at large through an efficient and effective organisation that will be talked about for a long time.
“The opportunities available in football are boundless, so we will commit to delivering a successful and model event that will spur us to encourage and support women’s football in our institutions of learning in Lagos State.”
Lagos previously hosted high-class sporting events like the African Games, Africa Cup of Nations, U-17 World Cup, U-20 World Cup, Olympic and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches in the past.