By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Winning three (3) trophies in the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) is tantamount to winning all available trophies that is up for grabs in the league (Premiership, Aiteo Cup and Champions Shield). This is what Hannah Yusuf wants to achieve at Nasarawa Amazons come next season.
“I want to achieve a great feat with Nasarawa Amazons like a treble (league, Aiteo Cup and Champions Shield). We are in Group A and in football anything is possible as no team is a pushover. The group is a very tough one (group of death) but I think we have the quality to be a top of the group at the end.”She told kick442.com.
The former Rivers Angels player gave reason for her move to Nasarawa Amazons from the league champions.
“I left because I needed more playing time.
Last year after getting back from an injury, I barely played a total of 90 minutes throughout the year.”
CoronaVirus pandemic have made most football matches to be put on hold throughout Nigeria as well as elsewhere across the world. Hannah Yusuf shared her view on the effect of this on football and how she was preparing for next season at home.
“It really hurts to know that there would be a virus such as this that would put a hold to the beautiful game (football).
I think it’s a good preventive measure that the league has been postponed because we all know how crowded a stadium is when there is a football match, and the virus could easily be spread on the pitch.
For preparation and training, there is nothing much right now as we are on a break and advised to stay indoors.
I just do whatever fitness training I can indoor in order to stay fit whilst praying for a quick answer to the pandemic. Jugging sometime and running (Nigerian Army spec 3.2km).”
2019-2020 NWFL Premiership season will also be an abridged league format with two (2) groups of eight (8) clubs each. The Flamingos (Nigeria Under 17 women team) player said that she preferred a round robin league.
“Personally I prefer the straight league instead of sharing us in groups.
This group sharing still makes me think Nigerian Women Football League not being taken seriously.”
The league recently rebranded with the new name and logo. The leagues will now be known as NWFL Premiership, Championship and Nationwide replacing the Nigeria Women Premier League, Pro-League and Amateur League. Hannah Yusuf is of the view that this is a good development but she is also expecting the league to be televised.
“It’s a good one, I think it’s a way of creating awareness of the Nigerian Women Football League, but the upgrade I’m always looking forward to in the league is to be on television.”
Nasarawa Amazons will kick start their 2019-2020 NWFL Premiership campaign on the road to the league most successful side, Pelican Stars. Yusuf is optimistic about an away win.
“I am 99% sure of a win.
With the quality in our squad we expect nothing less than a win away to Pelican Stars.” She concluded.
Nasarawa Amazons emerged as Aiteo Cup Championship last season booking a date with NWFL Premiership Champions, Rivers Angels in the Champions Shield, but failed to make it to the Super 4. The club hope to go one step further by getting to the Super 4 to have a chance of winning the league as well as have a shot at the Aiteo Cup and Champions Shield.
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