The Nigeria Football Federation has announced members of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the First Lady of Nigeria Invitational Women's Tournament tagged Aisha Buhari Cup scheduled for September 2021.
In May, six top women's football nations including South Africa, Cameroon, Mali, Morocco, and Ghana were already confirmed to participate in the Nigerian Women's Invitational Tournament to be held in September.
The LOC will be headed by NFF's 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who also double as the Lagos Football Association chaiman, while a Lagos State Government nominee will serve as Vice Chairman.
Members include Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, Chairman of Chairmen and Member of the NFF Executive Committee,
Exco member and Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode will be the Director of Organization, with Amina Daura, NFF's Head of Women's Football, as deputy director .
Hon. Ayo Omidiran, AIG Umar Baba, Hon. Margaret Icheen, Mrs Chisom Ezeoke, Kemi Areola, Mr Ademola Olajire, Mrs Ufuoma McDermott, Ms Ese Okpomo, Yinka Olagbemiro and Kola Daniel are other members, while Ruth David, NFF's Ag. Director of Competitions will serve as secretary.
According to the statement, the committee, which has, among other terms of reference, been saddled
with the responsibility of organizing a befitting tournament that will uphold the good name and image of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
"The LOC shall also liaise with the Lagos State Government with a view to ascertaining the readiness of all facilities and equipment for the Tournament, and to advise in good time where necessary for upgrading and renewal of such facilities / equipment," the statement read.
"The Committee shall work in tandem with the Lagos State Government with a view to determining and ascertaining the materials, implements, instruments and accoutrements that are needed in the areas of transportation, accommodation, security, medical, stadium preparation, information technology, protocol and ceremonial, and other
"The Committee will have responsibility to liaise with NFF's Partners, Sponsors and Supporters, and other interested corporate entities, with a view to sourcing funds for the successful organization of the tournament.
"The Committee will have responsibility to establish contact with the other participating countries / teams with a view to managing seamless travel and other logistic arrangements for all delegations.
"The Committee shall liaise with the Referees Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) with a view to ensuring the appointment of the very best / most credible referees to officiate at the tournament.
"The Committee should seek the approval of the NFF President through the NFF General Secretary on sensitive issues. Also, the NFF shall intervene when breaches of any kind are observed."
Earlier speaking in May, Falode, who is the director of the organization, said: “It will be a festival of women football with some of the biggest names in world soccer expected to be in Nigeria to witness the matches and also participate in some of the events lined up alongside the games.
“Friends of the first lady are also expected to be at the event to support her throughout the tournament. Apart from the football on the pitch, there will be other activations to sensitize Africans on the benefits of sports to national development.
"It will also address issues affecting women in developing countries with direct reference to the place of the girl / child in our society. The competition will also serve as a dress rehearsal for the CAF Women's Champions League, which will begin later this year."