By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
When the draws for 2019-2020 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership was made, Confluence Queens were drawn in arguably a tough group (Group A) alongside 7 times Champions, Pelican Stars, Aiteo Cup Champions, Nasarawa Amazons, Sunshine Queens, 2017-2018 league champions, Bayelsa Queens, Abia Angels, Dream Stars and Edo Queens.
Confluence Queens attacker, Esther Kanu said that Group A is not as tough as being envisaged by Nigeria women football enthusiasts as she is confident of her side qualification for the Super 4.
“For me the group is not hard, but some people think it is. We are not afraid of any team, and we are coming all out next season. We have trained so hard for this season to be there in super 4 and with support we have from our coaches and the management of the team, we are fully prepared.”She told kick442.com
Just like most female footballers, Esther Kanu also started her career at a tender age while playing with boys.
“I started my football career on the street when I was a kid playing with boys on the street with felele ball. I love playing football and I find love when playing it.
My parent supported me from the started my football career, and they love watching me play.”
Kanu is also a strong advocate of mixing football career with academics as she stressed the importance of education to the career of female footballers.
“Education is very important in the life of every female footballer out there due to the fact that it brings respect and honor to us all. I have combined education with my football career at higher level, and I am so proud of my qualification.”
Last season, Confluence Queens lost the Super 4 final 1-0 to eventual Champions, Rivers Angels. Esther Kanu narrated her experience and how she felt about the scenario.
“I was not happy with the way we lost to Rivers Angels because we came all out together to bring the trophy back to kogi state and make history for the first time in Confluence Queens qualifying for the Super 4. It was a very big lost to us but in every situation we give God the glory and I believe next season we are coming all out again to win the trophy and bring it back to Kogi state.”
Confluence Queens will travel to play Sunshine Queens in Akure for their Match Day One fixture, Esther Kanu is optimistic that her side can get a positive result in Akure.
“We the team as a whole expect winning nothing less than that and we know it is not going to be easy for the home team too but with believe I have in my team (three point) is assured.”
Last season was an abridged season with clubs playing 6 matches before playing Super 4. Next season is also an abridged format but with 14 matches to be played. Kanu believe that a round robin league will be good for the competitive nature of the league as well as giving more players the chance to showcase themselves.
“The abridged league is okay but for me; I prefer the round robin league of 15 away and 15 home games because it will make everybody to have playing time and chances to showcase themselves.”
The former Edo Queens player praised the efforts of Aisha Falode led NWFL Board as the board recently launched a new logo and rebranded the women’s league with new appellations.
“I will say kudos to the league board organization because they have been trying all their best to make sure that the league go far. My advice to them is that they should promote NWFL to the next level by playing Confederation of African Football (CAF) Club Competitions, and it will help NWFL to progress and I know the female footballers out there will put in their best to make Nigeria proud.”
The outbreak of CoronaVirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Nigeria made the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the league board to put the league resumption on hold in order to curb the spread of the virus.
Kanu shares her view on this situation and how she is training during this period.
“Like I said earlier, we are fully ready for the season and about the postponement, we the players have been including ourself with some personal training in the camp because the season can start anytime after the virus. I support the league board organization for the postponement of the league due to the deadly virus because life is very important to everybody. And we pray it would soon be over.”
Esther Kanu believe Confluence Queens will go one step ahead of last season by winning the trophy come next season as she hopes to play for Manchester United in the future.
“Like I said earlier before now, my aim is to lift the trophy with Confluence Queens next season. In the future, I see my self-playing for Manchester United in the English Women Super League and with the help of God I shall be there.”
Esther Kanu, Confluence Queens and Coach Ogbonda Whyte finished second behind Rivers Angels, last season and will hope to win the NWFL Premiership trophy for the first time in the club’s history come next season.
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