As the new season arrives after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, the 2018/2019 Nigeria Women Premier League is ready to get underway as new managers and players take charge for the first time.
Plenty of signings has been made by all sixteen clubs in the premiership with Adamawa Queens being the busiest at the transfer market.
With the 2018/19 season ready to commence on the 17th of July 2019, here are the top five signings this season.
5.Tobiloba Olanrenwaju (Sunshine Queens ➡ Rivers Angels)
The arrival of Equitorial-Guinea defender Tobiloba Olarenwaju to the Liberation Stadium, Porthacourt provides a solution to Rivers Angels obvious weakness at the back and should mean that Edwin Okon’s team is a genuine contender for the Nigeria Women Premier League this season.
After a successful spell at the Lokoja Stadium with Confluence Queens, Tobiloba moved to Sunshine Queens in 2017 where she was voted player of the month of may in the 2017/2018 season of the NWPL and helped Sunshine Queens finish third in the league.
- Mary Saiki (Rivers Angels ➡ Nasarawa Amazons)
Nigeria National Women U20 midfielder Mary Saiki not only offers Nasarawa Amazons more energy and solidity in central midfield, she also potentially gives a platform for fellow midfielders like Chinyere Igboamalu, Amarachi Okonkwo to be more expansive and attacking this upcoming season.
Joining from Rivers Angels, Saiki likely will instigate attacks with her snappy passing from the base of midfield allowing the marauding Chinyere Igboamalu to play further forward alongside a more creative central midfielder like Amarachi Okoronkwo.
- Anjor Mary (Osun Babes ➡ Bayelsa Queens)
Anjor Mary’s big move from Osun Babes to defending champion Bayelsa Queens in April didn’t come easy as the Omoluabi Queens did all they could to make her stay with them for at least one season but all efforts proved abortive.
Bayelsa Queens manager Moses Adiku who thinks highly of the young forward asked club chairman Ebiki Timitimi to bid for her and finally got her to join the ‘Restoration Girls’
Her technique, dribbling skills, and agility are Anjor’s biggest qualities and the Cross-River State born forward is now a regular in Bayelsa Queens starting eleven, the attacker recorded twelve goals in all competition last season and made six assists too.
Blessed with a skilful feet and eye for goals, Anjor Mary will compete with a star studded Bayelsa Queens attack which has players like Tessy Biahwo, Olaiya Barakat, Sule Rafiat, Bokiri Joy and Joy Jerry.
- Folashade Ijamilisu (Springsoca Academy➡FC Robo)
A great talent and potential, went professional for the first time this year with FC Robo.
The ‘Lagos Landladies’ have a roster filled with exciting potential such as Esther Ndubuisi, Rukayat Shobowale, Esther Oyenezide to name a few, and with Ijamilisu Folashade joining them this summer, they should be a force to reckon with.
Ijamilisu operates as an offensive midfielder and her best attribute is her pace and ability to find her teammates in the right positions with tailored measured passes.
In other words, Ijamilusi thrives on the space left in between the defence of her opponents and links up well with her forwards, creating a plethora of chances.
- Rafiat Sule (Rivers Angels ➡ Bayelsa Queens)
After an unsuccessful spell with the ‘Jewels of Rivers’ , Rafiat Sule went back to the Yenagoa Township Stadium where she had the best time of her career becoming back to back topscorer of the Nigeria Women Premier League.
Rafiat Sule completed her move from Bayelsa Queens to Rivers Angels in 2016 for a staggering fee and thus became the most expensive player in the history of the Nigeria Women Premier League.
Pace, skill and an eye for goals makes Sule one of the most exciting talents in the Nigeria Women Football League and her return to Yenagoa, where she is fans favourite might ignite her goal scoring form again.