By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, NWFL, Aisha Falode has praised Nigerian journalists for giving the league a huge media coverage.
She said this during an Instagram chat with Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club.
“We have done our bit with rebranding the league, giving back to schools with mentorship programs and career opportunities in football. There is no league in Nigeria because television is not a small deal, it is expensive. If we have money for it, we will channel it towards a productive purpose. I want to thank the media for covering our events and program.
Falode also expressed fears over the current state of women football development across the continent stressing that other African countries are catching up with Nigeria.
“All over Africa, women’s football is taking a back seat aside in South Africa. I am so afraid of women’s football in Nigeria. The gap between us and other countries is now one match away.
We need to create more programs for us not to lag behind as far as women’s football is concerned. Women’s football in Nigeria needs to be merged with education as it goes hand in hand. Abroad we can see players in the USA going to school. We need to take women’s football to schools.
Our dominance is coming to an end if we are not serious about issues raised that are affecting us.
The male and female leagues in Nigeria is currently not on live television. Falode also sheds light on this issue stating that the league will try to put the women’s games on television whenever they have the means.
“TV is important due to contractual obligation as we can see it in Europe. Football without followers is darkness and this visibility can only come from TV. If we are blessed if it is just a game per week or our cup finals, it is possible.
We all have a role to play and the success story will be shared by all of us. ” She concluded.
With increasing cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria, the kick-off of the 2019-2020 NWFL Premiership is still in limbo as the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Health Ministry, Federal Government, and Nigeria Football Federation, NFF is yet to give any green light on the resumption of football activities since March.
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