By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Chairperson of the Nigeria Women’s Football League, NWFL, Aisha Falode said that the current abridged league format that is being adopted for the NWFL Premiership is an aberration and is just a child of necessity.
She disclosed this during a recent Instagram Live chat with Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Authentic NFSC.
“We are playing abridged league not because it’s best for our league because it is an aberration. We are playing this format because it is just a child of necessity as we don’t have sponsorship and enough fund to have a round-robin league.
It should be recalled that Rivers Angels emerged as champions of 2018-2019 Nigeria Women Premier League, NWPL, now NWFL Premiership, from an abridged league format after playing eight matches in the course of the season.
Falode seized the opportunity of the chat to solicit for sponsorship for the league as she affirmed that the league will be accountable and give value to sponsors.
“The girl child needs to be encouraged. Without football, some of them might not have the opportunity that they have now. Some of them play for the national team and in top clubs in Europe. We are not doing this as a charity but because we are passionate about the potential of a girl child. We are asking that we need help and support. We are transparent and accountable. We give publicity to our programs.
“We have been able to bring fans to stadiums for our cup finals and have given the league media backing. If this league is sponsored or supported, we will be accountable and give the sponsors what is expected of us with good value.” She said.
Before the outbreak of COVID-19 which is affecting sporting activities across the world, NWFL during her last Congress conducted an abridged draw where the 16 clubs in the league was drawn into two groups of eight each.
With the current football climate, the league will still have to toll the line of abridged format when it kicks off as sponsorship is still being sorted for.
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