Ijebu Ode agog as battle for CAF Women’s Champions League ticket begins
• Shaibu urges Edo Queens to be good ambassadors
Clubs involved in the Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) Super Six play-off scheduled for Ijebu Ode this week have arrived in the city ready to battle for the CAF Champions League ticket at stake.
The teams are Bayelsa Queens, FC Robo, Delta Queens, Rivers Angels, Sunshine Queens, and Edo Queens.
Apart from becoming Nigerian Women Premier League (NWPL) champions, the winner of the competition will qualify to represent the country in the novel Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women Champions League, which will debut this 2020/2021 season.
Speaking on the competition, which begins today and end on April 25, NWFL Media Officer, Dapo Sotiminu and officials of the participating teams, who witnessed the draws, held yesterday, has assured that the teams are ready for action.
The matches will hold at the Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
MEANWHILE, Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has charged the state’s flagbearers, Edo Queens, to be good ambassadors of the state while fighting to become the first Nigerian team in the CAF Women Champions League.
The deputy governor, who led Team Edo’s male football squad to gold medal at the just-concluded 20th National Sports Festival in Benin-City, tasked the players to be focused, disciplined, committed, serious, and dedicated in the discharge of their duties as footballers, adding that the government is ready to support Edo Queens to become the best women club in the continent.
Addressing the team before their departure for Ijebu Ode on Thursday, Shaibu said, “I am here to support you and also inform us that the state government is highly behind you.
“You can see that the 20th National Sports Festival just ended in Edo State and in spite of my tight schedule, I still make out time to come so that we can put our heads together to map out plans and see how we are going to battle our opponents in this Super Six tournament.
“My coming here this afternoon is to tell you how important the Super Six competition is to us all, and so it is required of us to put in our best… this is why we have provided the needed logistics to make sure that Edo Queens is the first NWFL premiership club to go to Ijebu-Ode.
“More so, I approved your going to Ijebu-Ode four days before the competition so that you can get used to the environment, train in their synthetic field because I know that the pitch they are using for the tournament in Ijebu- Ode is not natural grass, and here in Benin City all our playing pitches are natural grasses.
“As you leave for the Super Six fiesta, I want you to be good ambassadors of Edo State, remember you are going there for serious business, what we expect from Edo Queens in this tournament is nothing but victory and ticket for the CAF proposed Women Championship. So you should go there show them that Edo Queens FC has all it takes to fly the Nigerian flag at the continental level and also be champions.”
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