By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Often times, away teams in Nigerian league do encounter challenges when they travel to prosecute their away matches hence the importance of having security for players and coaches.
Dream Stars Ladies midfielder, Anuoluwapo Salisu is of the view that away clubs needs maximum security protection in order to ensure a free and fair organization of the league.
“Well the organization of the women league last season was okay, but there are some adjustments that need to be corrected.
In terms of home matches, the away team need to be secured. It is very important because of what happened between Adamawa Queens and Dream Star Ladies in their home.”She told kick442.
Dream Stars Ladies battled relegation last season and were able to maintain their Nigerian Women Premier League (NWPL) spot after Relegation Playoffs. Anu asserted that her target last season was to help the team meet up to standard as well as secure Super 4 spot.
“My target last season was to give all my best to the team and to see the team in super 4 but unfortunately we could not meet up with the standard.”
Adamawa Queens goal keeper, Nkiruka Obindinma emerged as the goal keeper of the 2019 season during Naija Women Football League Awards after keeping five (5) clean sheets and conceding one (1) goal during the regular season. The solitary goal conceded by Nkiruka Obindinma was scored by Anuoluwapo Salisu.
She shared her experience from scoring the goal.
“I felt excited scoring against Adamawa Queens goal keeper, Nkiruka Obindinma because Adamawa players were too boastful about her.
So I took it as a task to break that record and I was so happy that I achieved that feat.
I was not happy last season because I scored just one goal during the season with many assist. I believe that I can do more than that next season because I want to score more goals for my team in order to lift them to the top of the league.”
Although Dream Stars Ladies battled relegation last season, there is huge gamut of confidence among players and team officials that the club can battle it out for a Super 4 place come next season.
The Club Chairman, Abolore AbdulRahmon and one of the player, Tosin Ogundeko shares the same optimism.
“Dream Stars Ladies is coming out the strongest next season. We are getting into Super 4 and carrying the league. There won’t be anything like participating in the relegation Playoffs.” Tosin Ogundeko explained to kick442 in a related interview.
Dream Stars Ladies are one of the two (2) Lagos based clubs currently playing in the top flight of Women leagues in Nigeria alongside FC Robo Queens.
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