By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The outbreak of CoronaVirus, COVID-19 pandemic, has turned around a lot of activities around the world including the Nigeria Women Premier League, NWPL. The 2019-2020 season was scheduled to kick off before the directive from Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to shut down all football activities across the country. This has ensured that no football game can be played throughout Nigeria as coaches, officials and players continue to stay at home maintaining social distancing in order to curb the spread of the novel virus, Osun Babes defensive midfielder, Kemi Abiodun has said that she is really missing the round leather game and can’t wait to play football again.
“Safety first. I pray God will heal our nation from CoronaVirus, COVID-19. I can’t wait to kick the round leather again I really miss football.” She told kick442.com
Kemi reminisces about last season’s relegation battle of her side and is hopeful that such won’t occur come next season as the team aims for the top position in the league.
“What really happened to Osun Babes last season beat my imaginations. Well let’s say luck wasn’t on our side because we played well. Last season is gone. We have to forge ahead. For next season, I want to achieve the league title with Osun Babes and Challenge Cup.”
“I couldn’t score any goal last season because the team scored just one goal in our six matches. When we won our relegation playoffs game which confirmed that we will stay play in the Premier League next season, I was really happy. That was one of the happiest days of my career for not being relegated.”
Kemi Abiodun concluded by examining Osun Babes Group, as well as their first league match against Adamawa Queens, provided the format drawn up by Nigeria Women Football League, NWFL will be followed after the resumption of the league.
“I believe with the kind of players we have now, we are going to do well in Group B. We know how to handle Adamawa Queens. We will beat them 3-0 and it would have been a good start for us in the league.”
Osun Babes battled relegation last season and confirmed their league status after victory during the relegation Playoffs. Coach Ayodeji Yekeen and players such as Kemi Abiodun, Samuel Oluwayemisi and
Sunday Blessing Orvegwe is optimistic that they can rally round the team to ensure that they reach lofty heights come next season.