By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) has increased the promotion slots for the third-tier Nationwide League to second-tier Championship to eight from the initial two slots.
Instead of having two clubs gaining promotion to the NWFL Championship, eight clubs will now be promoted to the second-tier league in a bid to make the women leagues more competitive.
The General Coordinator of the NWFL Nationwide League, Sir Joe Amene, revealed that the Nationwide League is out to further develop the NWFL Championship.
Speaking to the NWFL Media at the Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, on Saturday, Joe Amene, who is also a board member of the NWFL opined that, “The board has approved that a total of eight clubs to be promoted from the NWFL Nationwide to the NWFL Championship. The promotion would see four clubs from Abuja and Ijebu Ode centres promoted at the end of the Nationwide League on April 17, 2021.
“This would in a nutshell make the NWFL Nationwide 2021 League very competitive, as all the 22 clubs have the opportunity to get promoted as long as they win their games. When you have eight clubs joining the already registered Championship teams, the NWFL Championship becomes more competitive. With this, the clubs will be exposed to playing more high-quality games before their promotion to the NWFL Premiership.
“It’s a great opportunity to have four teams promoted in a league of 10 and 12 clubs. This is one of the development strategies put in place by the Aisha Falode-led board of the NWFL.” Joe Amene said.
22 clubs will now compete for eight promotion slots to the NWFL Championship at the end of the 2021 NWFL Nationwide League from the Ijebu Ode and Abuja centres.
The eight clubs will join Kwara Ladies, Ubakala Queens, Kaduna Queens, Naija Ratels, Female Machine FC, Adamawa Queens, and Heartland Queens in the NWFL Championship.
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