By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Pelican Stars Football Club is a women’s football club based in Calabar, Cross River State. The club is the most successful women’s football club in the history of Nigeria Women Premier League (now Nigeria Women Football League Premiership) with seven (7) league titles to their name.
The club’s defender, Amos Hannah in an exclusive interview with kick442.com said that winning is the primary goal of the club.
“Just like the slogan on our logo which is the winning team, winning is our goal here in Pelican Stars. We always want to win trophies.”
Pelican Stars returned to the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership after finishing second behind Royal Queens in the NWFL Pro-League Promotion Play-offs.
Amos is happy with the team’s achievement last season and shared her experience.
“I feel fulfilled that Pelican Stars picked the ticket to play in the top flight, that is the biggest stage of women’s club football in Nigeria. This will give me the opportunity to play and rub shoulders with the best players and best teams in Nigeria.” She told kick442.com
The winning team as Pelican Stars is referred to will kick off their league campaign when they host 2019 Aiteo Cup Champions, Nasarawa Amazons. Amos Hannah said that the game can go either way.
“Anything can happen. In football, the result is either, win, loose or draw. I bet you; it will not be funny. 90 minutes will tell.”
As far as the postponement of the league is concerned due to CoronaVirus pandemic, she also supports the idea and development.
“I support the directives from Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and NWFL to stop the commencement of the league in order to prevent the spread of the CoronaVirus. Health is wealth. We can only play football in a healthy environment and if we allow the games to go on, it might affect the health of players, officials and spectators. So I support the postponement 100%.”
Pelican Stars has won the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) for a record seventh (7th) time in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2005. The club is just returning to the top flight after promotion to the NWFL Premiership and will hope to add to their league diadem as the league celebrates her 30 years of existence.
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