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Nigeria, Argentina to renew rivalry at Aisha Buhari tourney • KWIKCASH

African record champions Super Falcons are set for a likely clash against Argentina at the Aisha Buhari Women’s Football Tournament in September.

It was learnt that talks had been ongoing between the tournament organisers and Argentine officials to have their women’s national team participate at the event.

The Romanian women’s national team has also been approached by the officials.

The invitational tournament is scheduled for Lagos with Ghana, Cameroon, Mali, South Africa, Morocco and Nigeria already confirmed for the competition.

Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick, said talks were on with Argentine and Romanian officials on the possibility of both countries featuring in the competition, one of the programmes the FIFA Council member plans to deploy in his bid to make Lagos Africa’s number one football city.

Pinnick recently met with Argentina’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Alejandro Herrero, where they looked at ways of strengthening football ties between Nigeria and the South Americans.

“Argentina and Nigeria have a cordial football rivalry, which has seen both countries in many international contests in recent times. We believe that participating in the First Lady of Nigeria’s invitational tournament will further strengthen the ties between Nigeria and Argentina,” Pinnick said.

Also speaking on the tournament, Nigerian Women’s Football League chairperson, Aisha Falode, said, “Cameroon and Ghana are some of the strongest football nations in Africa. Cameroon played in the final of the African Women’s Cup of Nations against Nigeria in 2016, while Mali played in the bronze medal match at the 2018 edition in Ghana.

“South Africa came second in the 2018 competition, which Nigeria won, while Morocco is one of the strongest nations in North Africa. The Moroccans will host the 2022 African Women’s Nations Cup.”

Apart from football, Falode said the organisers would explore the possibility of deepening the socio-cultural ties among the participating nations.

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