By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Just like last season, 2019-2020 Nigeria Women Football League, NWFL Premiership will also be an abridged season but this time with more games to play by clubs. 16 clubs have been drawn into 2 groups of 8 teams each. This meant that all clubs will play 14 matches before the Super 4 against last season’s six matches.
Adamawa Queens forwards, Regina Omede said that she is not really happy with the format but based on what is on ground, the board and clubs have to make do with it
“I am not really happy with the abridged league but I will prefer the abridge league for now because we have no sponsor on ground and many private teams even some government teams find it difficult to go to away matches.” She told kick442.com
“The league has been rebranded which is a sign of improvement. Kudos to the chairperson Mrs. Aisha Falode. She has taken our league to the next level and by God’s grace I believe and I hope she will take our league to the promised land.”
The league is on hold due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Regina Omede spoke on how she is training indoors.
“Presently the team is on break, but I am doing personal training to be well in shape before the league commences. Sometimes I do go out for road workout, and there is a seven-aside pitch beside our camp. I do go and do ball work, and also do some personal fitness there. Coronavirus is a deadly disease which has claimed a lot of lives. I am in support of the league postponement because there is an adage that says health before wealth, and also there is life after football. For now, our health is very much important than the round object.”
Adamawa Queens will play in Group B next season alongside Rivers Angels FC, Ibom Angels FC, Royal Queens FC, Osun Babes FC, FC Robo Queens, Heartland Queens and Delta Queens FC. Regina opined that no team is pushover, stating that 90 minutes will decide the result of every match.
“For now, I wouldn’t say the group is tough or easy because there are no more underdogs in football and no team is push over until after 90 minutes. We will take each match one by one and any match we play will be like final to us because the three points are very vital to qualify for super 4.”
The Fintiri Ladies will trade tackles with Osun Babes in Osogbo in their Match Day One fixture. Omede asserted that the game will be a tough one but her side will try to get a positive result.
“It will be a very tough match playing away from home. The match will boost our confidence. It is not going to be easy for us but I always believe till, after 90 minutes, we are going to give them a very good fight and pray we come out with a desirable result.”
“I created history with the team last season by going unbeaten and qualify for super 4 for the first time, but next season, I am hoping to qualify again for the super 4 and not just qualify but also lift the trophy.” She concluded.
Adamawa Queens surprised football fans last season as they qualified for Super 4 for the first time in the club’s history with a fantastic defensive record during the regular season after conceding one goal in six games.
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