By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Royal Queens gained promotion to the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership with 100% record during the 2019 NWFL Pro-League Promotion Playoffs without conceding a goal.
The club’s coach, Abayomi Olorunda opined that the women’s league is improving with the organization of the Pro-League and Super 4 last season.
“With what I saw at our playoffs in Lokoja and Super four in Lagos, there is a great improvement of the organization of the league, but I will want the organizers to try and get sponsorship. They should also make the league more competitive by giving all teams fair officiating so that any team can win anywhere.” He told kick442.com
The gaffer who helped the Warri based side gained promotion to top-flight after a brief stint with Nigeria National League (NNL) side, Aklosendi Football Club, said that it is a great achievement for Royal Queens to gain promotion with their first attempt.
“It was an amazing feat and a great experience for me. Gaining promotion in our first attempt and just being less than a year into coaching. It was really fulfilling for me.”
Royal Queens will square up against the likes of Rivers Angels, FC Robo Queens, Ibom Angels, Heartland Queens, Osun Babes, Adamawa Queens and Delta Queens in Group B. Coach Olorunda examines his side’s prospects ahead of next season.
“Our chances are as good as all the other teams in the group. We are the newcomers and underdogs but believe me, we will surprise bookmakers. Definitely we will want to win every competition we are into, but at least get our hands on one of the titles.”
He is also in support of the postponement of the league in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in spite of its effects on player fitness.
“It is when you are alive that you can play in the league, so I am fully in support of the shutdown. Although it will affect the fitness and form of some clubs.”
“From the economic point of view, I feel the abridged league format is okay. Aunty Aisha Falode and the NWFL board are doing a fantastic job with the league.” He concluded.
Will Royal Queens bring forward their impressive NWFL Pro-League form to the Premiership come next season? The answer to this rhetorical question will be provided at the end of the season as the club is optimistic of challenging for trophies.
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