By Sunday Agunbiade
First Vice President, Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi has given thumbs up to the board of Nigeria Women Premier League for the electrifying super 4 tournament held at the Agege Soccer Temple,Lagos on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively with Sports embassy shortly after the final match where Rivers Angels beat Confluence Queens 1-0, Chairman Lagos State Football Association was bewildered with the quality of play, turn out of the fans, and the presence of the two cabinet ministers, Honourable Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare and Pauline Tallen of Women Affairs Minister who witnessed the Super 4 and the electrifying presentation of the trophy by the organizers of women league.
“I want to say a job well done to the board of Nigeria Women Premier league. The quality of the tournament is a top notch. In fact, we all witnessed a great football artistry here today, the turn out of the fans is really encouraging, even the presentation of the trophy has been perfect. The presence of the two cabinet ministers, Mr Sunday Dare and Mrs Pauline Tallen is a good sign of development in female football. The joy in the faces of the girls shows they are happy, so I give kudos to the organizers of the league for the job well done and what we only need do is to join hands and encourage women Football”
Chairman,NFF Football Committee who is one of the major proponents of female football however charged the league players who happen to be the major actors in the business not to see themselves as inferior to their foreign counterparts but they should rather push themselves to get to the top of their careers.
“Let me make this clear that I don’t believe in home based or foreign based dichotomy in football. Most players who have potential pushed themselves to get to where they are today even the so called coaches don’t stay in one level.Improvement has no limit. Both players and coaches globally improve themselves with modern day tools to have edge over their contemporaries. Even, there are some some female coaches who are better than their male counterparts
Responding to the Super 4 tournament to determine the winner of the league compared to Super 6 which is obtainable in male football, the legal luminary posited that the women league can only improve on the previous and should not be seen as rival to the male folks. He calls for the support to move the league forward.
Rivers Angels emerged the champions of 2018/2019 NWPL after beating hard fighting Confluence Queens 1-0 while Bayelsa Queens won the third place encounter defeating Adamawa Queens 4-0. Jewels of Rivers went home with a sum of three Million Naira Cash Prize with a trip to Spain while Runners Up, Confluence Queens and third place winners, Bayelsa Queens received N2million and N1million respectfully.