By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
That the NWFL premiership will commence on the 9th of December 2020 is no longer news but the similarity is that the league opener staring Nasarawa Amazons against FC Robo is a repeat of the NWFL 2018 Premiership season where a goalless scoreline was recorded.
Nasarawa Amazons will be going into the match on Wednesday without the services of her ever-reliable forward Anam Imo who moved to Rosengard in Sweden then but currently plays for Pitea another Swedish outfit. The most touched will be FC Robo of Lagos who will parade players without the services of her ever-reliable Captain Rasheedat Ajibade, a one-time joint-highest goalscorer of the NWFL premiership who plies her trade in Norway with Avaldsnes and Chidinma Okeke now with Madrid CFF.
The match is going to be explosive as the wounded Nasarawa Amazons will want to shake off the defeat by Bayelsa Queens in the finals of the recently concluded ‘Flying Officers Cup’ in Abuja while Coach Osahon known as a grassroots coach and has a knack for discovering players with potential will look forward to finding quality replacements for Rasheedat Ajibade and Chidinma Okeke.
Coach Christopher Danjuma who is the coach of Nasarawa Amazons and also the Head coach of the Falconets Nigeria’ U20 women’s national team spoke on the positive impact of the NWFL on the homegrown players :
” A lot of opportunities have come the way of players, coaches, and team managers in the NWFL, the league has improved with the officiating, the introduction of the charity cup, and a well structured super 4 during the abridged league.
As a female coach, I am happy to be part of the NWFL.
The standard of organisation has greatly improved and the most important is the impact of the homegrown players in the national teams”.
Danjuma further explained that in the last edition of the U20 world cup in France which he handled the team had no course to look for foreign-based players as All the players were ALL home-based players. “The home-based players played both the qualifiers and the U20 world cup proper.
Immediately after the tournament about a dozen players all moved abroad”.
He enlightened that this singular feat shows the level of competition and standard in the NWFL leagues. The players were able to express themselves on the world stage hence their easy movement abroad.
Danjuma also pointed out that the Last women WAFU cup won by Nigeria were all home-based players except just one player.
The coach who was so ecstatic about these positive strides is ready to prove that a lot of quality players abound in the home scene and are yet to be unearthed by the clubs abroad.
” Ms. Falode has been up and doing and is indeed a blessing to the NWFL” he rounded up.
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