By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Thursday, March 5, 2020, will surely go down in history as an epochal day in the history of Women Football in Nigeria. Apart from the fact that a new logo was launched and unveiled for the women’s league, it also heralded the rechristening of apellation for the leagues.
Before the rechristening, Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) consist of three (3) cadres; Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL), NWFL Pro-League and the Amateur League.
The rechristening meant that the three cadres will henceforth be known as NWFL Premiership, NWFL Championship and NWFL Nationwide.
The Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) which will kick off on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, will now be known as the NWFL Premiership with sixteen (16) clubs divided into two (2) groups of eight (8) clubs each in an abridged league format. Rivers Angels are defending Champions after their slim 1-0 victory over Confluence Queens during last season Super 4 tournament at Soccer Temple, Agege Stadium, Lagos.
The NWFL Pro-League will now be referred to as the NWFL Championship. This is the second tier league, below the NWFL Premiership. From the NWFL Championship, two (2) clubs will gain promotion to the NWFL Premiership. Last season, Invincible Angels and Kaduna Queens were relegated to the NWFL Championship from NWFL Premiership while Royal Queens (formerly Olori Babes) and Pelican Stars gained promotion to the NWFL Premiership from the NWFL Championship.
The last and third tier of the league will now be known as the NWFL Nationwide. This will replace the NWFL Pro-League. From the NWFL Nationwide, two (2) clubs will be promoted to the NWFL Championship. At the end of 2020 NWFL Amateur League, Kwara Ladies and Ubakala Queens were promoted to the NWFL Championship.
The new name is also part of the rebranding process embarked by Aisha Falode led NWFL board which is receiving laudable remarks.
The President of Nigeria Football Federation, Melvin Amaju Pinnick praised the league board during the logo unveiling ceremony.
” I want to thank Aisha Falode for putting this up, her selfless service is evident and we have never regretted giving her the opportunity to head Women’s Football in Nigeria. She is a great personality. ”
In the same vein, President of the umbrella body of Sports Journalist in Africa (AIPS, Africa), Mitchell Obi said that he is expecting corporate bodies to tap into the Women’s League rebranding process.
” Women Football is expanding and it is more than just a game. We expect brands and the corporate world to come partner with the league. “.
With the rebranding process, it is hoped that this will drive sponsors and more media coverage to the best Women’s Football League in Africa.
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