By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Nasarawa Amazons emerged as 2019 Aiteo Cup Champions and will play league Champions, Rivers Angels for Charity Shield come next season. For the club’s striker, Abdulrasheed Aluko Mariam, she wants to win all the available trophies come next season with her side. She disclosed this in an exclusive interview with kick442.com Nigeria correspondent, Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde.
“My aim for next season is to win the Champion Shield after we would have beaten Rivers Angels. I will also be happy if we can win the league and retain the Aiteo Cup title and nothing is impossible with God.” She said.
The striker also confirmed to us that she is receiving enormous support from her parents as far as her football career is concerned as she also spoke on how she felt when her club won the 2019 Aiteo Cup.
“I got support only from my dad from the onset. My mum wasn’t supporting me because I am a female child, but now she is fully in support of my chosen career, so I get the support from both of them.
I feel so much excited being 2019 Aiteo Cup champion. It was a history made in my career and we will retain the title next season because we have all it takes to retain it. It is not by our strength alone but with prayers and God almighty.”
Aluko asserted that she couldn’t meet up with her personal target last season as she was unable to score or make any assist stating that she will build on the experience to better her performance come next season.
“My target for last season is to help my team achieve their aims and to be on the scoring sheet in each match I’m been opportune to play but unfortunately I was unable to meet up my target. I was unable to score or make any assist last season which is very painful and doesn’t speak well of me as a striker.”
Most sporting events around the world is presently on hold due to the outbreak of CoronaVirus, COVID-19 pandemic. Aluko Mariam was of the view that it is good that the Nigeria Women Football League was also put on hold.
“I am fully in support of the league postponement because health is wealth. Our health is very important. For Group A, that is if we are maintaining this format when the league starts, I can’t say it’s kind of tough because every team has potential players that can fight for the title. In my own ways, I make sure I’m keeping myself fit, because I don’t want to be caught unaware.”
“Actually, I am not in full support of abridged league but we have to look into some teams, not all team can sponsor their team in terms of traveling for a game, but if the management and the league board can come into an agreement in terms of welfare for honoring the games, I think the round-robin format will be much better.”
“My advice to the league board on how to take the league to the next level is by introducing CAF women’s Champion League at least players out there will happy and grateful. I see myself in Europe living well and playing for my ever dream team Arsenal.” She concluded.
Nasarawa Amazons are Aiteo Cup defending champions and will hope to scoop home all trophies that are up for grabs in the Nigeria Women Football League come next season as they are in contention for the league, Aiteo Cup and Charity Shield.
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