By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
From being a long-distance runner to playing as a top defender for Confluence Queens, Alexander Florence in an exclusive chat with kick442.com said that her club fears no foe as they prepare for the resumption of 2019-2020 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership after COVID-19 pandemic.
“I was an athlete, a long-distance runner in Ogun state before joining football. I must say, my group, Group A is easy and for some people it might be hard. We are not afraid of any teams that come our way and we have been training both team training and individual to make sure we have the ticket for Super 4.”
Last season, Confluence Queens qualified for Nigeria Women Premier League Super 4 for the first time in the club’s history only to lose the final 1-0 to Rivers Angels. Florence spoke on how painful last season experience was for her and the importance of education to female footballers.
“I must confess, I am not happy with the way we lost to Rivers Angels because we really put in our best in that match but the luck is not on our side.”
“Education is very important in the life of every female footballers out there because it brings respect and honour to us all and I am processing to further my education and I will be so happy to do that.”
The former Jokodolu Babes defender also speaks on Confluence Queens Match Day One clash with Sunshine Queens, abridged league format as well as praising Aisha Falode led NWFL Board.
“All that I am expecting in that match with Sunshine Queens is winning, nothing much. Victory will put us in a good position to be able to qualify for Super 4.”
“Abridge league is not bad but I will appreciate if only the league board members can make it a round-robin league so that every player will showcase their talent.”
“I will say a very big kudos to the league board because they have been trying all their best to make sure NWFL goes far. My advice to them is that they should try and promote NWFL to the next level by playing CAF Women’s Champions League and it will help NWFL to progress. I know that all the NWFL players out there will be so much grateful and make Nigeria proud.”
2019-2020 NWFL Premiership season kick-off is currently on hold due to the outbreak of novel CoronaVirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 2019 Naija Women’s Football League Defender of the Season, Alexander Florence said that players are getting ready for the league kick-off after the virus as they are having personal training indoor.
“I am in support of what the league board has done, for the postponement of the league due to this deadly virus across the nation because life is more important to everybody.”
“We are fully ready for any teams that come across us. On the postponement, we players have been including ourselves in personal training due to when the season will commence.”
Florence wrapped up her chat with what she intends to achieve with Confluence Queens come next season as well as on her future prospects
“As I said earlier, my aim is to lift the trophy with Confluence Queens and I know God will definitely help me. I see myself playing for Manchester United Ladies and I have been praying to God to grant my request.”
Confluence Queens have been drawn in Group A ahead of next season’s kick-off. They will trade tackles with the likes of Pelican Stars FC, Nasarawa Amazons FC, Sunshine Queens FC, Bayelsa Queens FC, Abia Angels FC, Dream Stars FC, Edo Queens FC.
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