By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Nasarawa Amazons emerged as 2019 Aiteo Cup Champions. The Nigerian women’s version of FA Cup is yet to commence partly due to the CoronaVirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
Nasarawa Amazons attacker, Ejalonibu Adejoke Busurat opined that her side can retain their title when the Aiteo Cup kick off.
“I feel very happy and great when we won it. Yes, it is possible for us to retain the Aiteo cup championship through hard-working and prayers, anything is possible. I intend to be in the Finals of Aiteo Cup once again next season and to also make it to the super four by Gods grace.”She told kick442.com
The former State House Football Club and Adamawa Queens player took us through her career path.
“I started playing from school while growing up, but professionally started playing in the year 2010. When I started playing football, my mom didn’t agree but I had to start pushing on though she was late before I started playing football and my Dad was late also so I had to push on.”
Nasarawa Amazons couldn’t make it to the Super 4 in spite of winning the Aiteo Cup, Adekoje felt bad about that but was able to assist her side with two goals and some assists.
“Well, I felt very sad for us not being able to qualify for the super four but all the same, I can’t really say this is what happened for us not making it to the super four. I think it just happened. My target last season was to be among the top scorers of the league, but I could not meet up with the target. Notwithstanding, I was able to score two goals and make a lot of assists.”
Ejalonibu Adejoke also shared her view on the postponement and halt in football leagues due to the outbreak of CoronaVirus.
“No, I don’t agree to the league starting in times like this, like they say health is wealth, so its only when you are healthy that you can play so the postponement of the league is better for us all.”
Nasarawa Amazons will square up with the likes of Pelican Stars, Sunshine Queens, Bayelsa Queens, Abia Angels, Confluence Queens, Dream Stars FC and Edo Queens in Group A. Adejoke asserted that no team is a pushover in their group.
“Well, for me Group A is going to be competitive as there is no pushover in our group but like I said earlier, anything is possible for us.”
She also spoke on the abridged league format and rebranding of the league.
“For me, the abridged format is good because, we never can tell what other teams are going through financially, some teams are owned by private individuals so I think the abridged league is okay with 14 games. Well, rebranding the league with the new name and logo is a good idea and it also shows that female football in Nigeria is also important.”
Nasarawa Amazons first game in the 2019-2020 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership will be away to Pelican Stars.
“Like I said earlier, anything is possible, I believe in possibilities. I am not bragging but by the grace of God, we intend to start the league on a high note with a better result which is a win or draw.”
“Well for me, the way the season went last season wasn’t really okay considering the time we started due to some national reasons and the format which the League was grouped, that was four in a group, it really affected a lot of teams.”
“Well, the advice I can give to the League board is that they should not relent in trying to make the female league better everyday.” She concluded.
Nasarawa Amazons last finished third in Group C with six (6) points behind group leaders, Bayelsa Queens and Sunshine Queens after winning the Aiteo Cup. The Nasarawa based side will face both Bayelsa and Sunshine Queens in Group A next season as they hope to make it to Super 4 alongside Ejalonibu Adejoke.
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