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Coaches optimistic as clubs arrive in Lagos for tourney

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Dreams come free. Most times it brings expectations of good tidings from a highly anticipated event. But when four entities have the same dream albeit from their different routes, only the surest reach the expected goal.

And so it is with the forthcoming Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super Four tournament. The coaches involved in the competition all have the dream of their clubs being crowned champions of Nigeria at the competition aimed to determine the best team of the season.

The coaches, Moses Aduku of Bayelsa Queens, Rivers Angels manager, Edwin Okon, and Jacob Bandi of Adamawa Queens, are optimistic that their clubs will dominate and win the title.

Bayelsa Queens head coach and ex-junior international, Moses Aduku, told his players he wants to see ‘more bravery’ in them as they vie to retain the title they won last year in Lagos. 

The former Flying Eagles midfielder noted that the squad seems determined to repeat what they achieved last year when they defeated Nasarawa Amazons in the final of the Super Four. 

Aduku said: “We have had a lot of training sessions towards the Super Four and the squad is confident as ever.

We would be playing against the best sides in the league and it means we have to be at our best.” 

Rivers Angels coach and former chief coach of the Super Falcons, Edwin Okon, has been a little discreet about his team’s plan for the Super Four in Lagos.

He said: “All I can say is that as multiple champions, we are coming to Lagos to regain the title that belongs to us. My girls are more determined than ever to climb back to the top of women’s football in Nigeria.

“With Rivers Angels, Nigerians will see a different kind of football this time around.”

Echoing his opponents, Adamawa Queens’ chief coach, Jacob Bandi, said his girls are coming to the centre of excellence to show Nigerians football excellence.

“A lot of women football supporters just hear about us as one of the top league teams, but they haven’t seen us play before. At the Super 4 in Lagos, Nigerians in the western part of the country will see a brilliant display of purposeful football skills from my girls and we will let our opponents know that we are the best in the Premier League by taking the champions trophy home to Yola.”

Speaking on the preparation for the competition, the chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, said in Lagos yesterday that the 2018/2019 Super Four will be very exciting and full of action as the competition has an equitable share of the clubs from two football-playing zones of the country.

“It’s the first time, we shall be seeing two teams each from the Northern part of the country and two from the Niger Delta, coming together to battle for the Premier League title in the Super Four Challenge,” she said.


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