Banyana Banyana’s triumph over Nigeria in the recently-held Aisha Buhari Cup is an indication of how immensely South Africa has invested in the women’s game, a Nigerian official has said.
The country has made steady strides in the development of the women’s game with several South African women playing professionally overseas.
For the first time, the National Women’s League has a commercial partner Hollywoodbets who poured in more than R3 million earlier this year.
The investment is expected to strengthen the clubs in order to accelerate the growth and development of women’s football.
The president of the Authentic Nigeria Football and Allied Sports Supporters Club, Abayomi Ogunjimi, believes the Super Falcons’ loss to Banyana Banyana of South Africa on the final day of the Aisha Buhari Cup will spur the Nigerian women’s team to achieve more in subsequent engagements.
“We should not feel bad about the defeat, it’s football, it’s a revelation that the South Africans have invested so much in female football and they will be up for the top prize at the next Africa Women’s Cup of Nations,” Ogunjimi said.
Banyana shocked African champions Falcons 4-2 on Tuesday in their own backyard to emerge as the best team at the invitational tourney.
The next Nations Cup for women will be hosted by Morocco from 2 to 23 July 2022. The ANFASSC boss commended the organisers of the Aisha Buhari Cup and harped on the need to sustain the tradition.
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By FARPost Reporter