By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
As football lovers await the commencement of the 2019-2020 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership after its suspension following the outbreak of CoronaVirus (COVID-19), Abia Angels defender, Margaret Ademulegun is looking forward to next season as she said that Group A is a tough group but optimistic about her side chances of making it to the Super 4.
“Our group is hard but with God on our side we will come out in flying colours. Last season Abia Angels finished second in our group behind league runners up, Confluence Queens and we couldn’t make it to the Super 4. I felt so bad that we didn’t qualify, even when I went to Agege stadium to watch the game I was crying. God knows best. I don’t want to experience the same fate next season, so my team mates and I are working towards a successful season.” She told kick442.com
The former Real Dynamo Football Academy, City of David (COD), Young Talent Football Academy and Sunshine Queens defender narrated her love for football and entertainment from young age.
“I started playing football from school. I discovered that when I was a little girl I love anything sport and entertainment. Every Saturday, I stay at the back of post to pick balls for street brothers when playing street ball. From, there I started motivating myself to play football. Coach Ayo who happened to be my first coach came to our school to announce girls who are interested in playing football. I was the person he called to write the girls names. I wrote my name first before any other person from there we started playing inter class matches and Principals Cup. Since then, I choose football as my career because I have passion for playing football.”
“At first, my parents didn’t support me then. I don’t eat during break time by saving my pocket money all because I want to take the bus from school to the field. Then, I don’t want my mum and dad to see me because they won’t allow me to go to the field. Later on my coach organises a meeting with my parents to explain things to them, since then they started supporting me.”
Margaret also reminisced in her performance last season stating that her only regret was not helping her side qualify for the Super 4.
“Last season, I promise to give my team the best performance and to God be the glory I did and I even appear in the player of the week. Except Super 4 qualification that we missed out which was very painful. I also made an assist from my defensive position last season from a free kick.”
The league will be on hold for the next four (4) weeks according to directives given by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) making the league board to suspend the league, Margaret speaks on this situation as well as the abridged league format.
“The postponement of the league is okay because health is wealth. Football is played today and play tomorrow (every day). We have no choice than to wait to prevent the spread of the virus. For the abridged league format, we heard that we were playing round robin before they group us 8-8 in a group. It’s okay because assuming the league is round robin, we might not finish the league this year because of the postponement.”
“My advise for the league board is that they should increase the support and to make us feel very special as they do for guys and to promote the female league.” She concludes.
Abia Angels and Margaret Ademulegun will complete for the two (2) available Super 4 slot in Group A alongside the league most successful team, Pelican Stars, Aiteo Cup defending Champions, Nasarawa Amazons, Sunshine Queens, former Champions, Bayelsa Queens, last season’s runners up, Confluence Queens, Dream Stars Ladies and Edo Queens.
2020 Nigeria Women Premier League Draws
Pelican Stars FC
Nasarawa Amazons FC
Sunshine Stars FC
Bayelsa Queens FC
Abia Angels FC
Confluence Queens FC
Dream Stars FC
Edo Queens FC
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