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Falode on cloud nine as Edo Queens’ revel in luxury

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Female footballers contest for the ball in the Nigeria Women Football League. Edo Queens’ welfare is now at par with their menfolk

Edo Queens achieved an unprecedented high in Nigeria’s women football yesterday when the state government made good of its promise to put the girls’ welfare at par with their menfolk. It was a gathering of who’s who in the country’s women football at the banquet hall of the Edo State Government House when Governor Godwin Obaseki, accompanied by his deputy, Philip Shaibu, rebranded the Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) team.

Among the dignitaries that witnessed the event was the NWFL Chairperson, Aisha Falode, who could not hold her joy in the event happening in her state of origin.

Elated by the new gait in the Edo Queens’ stars steps, Falode sent a congratulatory message to Governor Obaseki and Honourable Shaibu for setting a standard in the women’s game.

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“I had no option than to applaud the great works of the state government, that showed huge respect for women in sports, as the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, announced the approval of equal remunerations for the state-owned clubs, Bendel Insurance FC and Edo Queens, not minding the popular erroneous belief that men play more serious football than women.

“The Edo State government by so doing made history in Nigeria as the first to equate the salaries of the men’s team with that of the women’s.

“It’s a milestone by the government. It was also commendable to witness the public presentation of a five- star hostel facilities to Edo Queens, as well as a brand new coaster bus, a move that will provide better living for the girls and in addition boosting their morale to do well as elite soccer players in the Women’s Premier League. 

“The full involvement of the Edo State First Lady, Mrs. Betty Obaseki, and wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Mary Ann Shaibu, in today’s programme which centres on a better life for women’s footballers in Nigeria, tells a lot about the personalities of the two first ladies.”

Falode used the event to implore owners of women’s football clubs in Nigeria to take a cue from the laudable gesture of the Edo State government in dealing with their various clubs both in the women Premier and professional leagues in Nigeria.

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