Pelican Stars set to take female league by storm
The new Management Board of Pelican Stars FC of Calabar says it is ready to return the team to its glorious days in female football in Nigeria.
A member of the board and the club’s Media Officer, Eddy Beckomson, made the assertion on Friday in Calabar in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Beckomson, who is also the State Chairman of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), said Pelican Stars was being repositioned to make it a force in the female league.
“Our primary objective is to return Pelican Stars to its original place in the Nigerian female football.
“I could remember when Pelican Stars produced the bulk of players in the Super Falcons, but for quite some time it has gone underground. We must reverse the trend,’’ he said.
He disclosed that the team, tutored by former Falconets Coach, Edat Egan, have begun reporting to camp in preparation for the 2015/16 league.
“As at today, we have 15 players in camp and the remaining 15 players are expected to report before Sunday.
“By Monday the team will resume training ahead of the commencement of the new season on Feb. 27,’’ he said.
He blamed the abysmal performance of the team in the last female football league on poor funding.
He appealed to the state government to fund the club in order to reclaim its lost glory.
“We cannot but appeal to the authorities to be proactive in the release of funds to the club in the course of the 2015/16 season, so that we can honour our matches, especially away games.
“This is very important, if we are to succeed,’’ Beckomson said.
He also solicited the support of the media in projecting the team, adding that Pelican Stars was a good brand.
The SWAN chairman described the appointment of a sports writer as media officer and a board member as an innovation in the state.
“Our colleagues should see this as a good gesture and key into the vision of the management for the success of the team and the state in general,’’ he said.