By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Most parents don’t always want their girl child to play football. They prefer them to choose other laudable careers in academics and other spheres. This was the story of Edo Queens Centre forward, Sule Rafiat Folakemi.
In an exclusive chat with kick442.com, she said her father tried to stop her from playing the round leather game but was convinced by her coaches.
“I was playing and also going to school when I was in Secondary School which my dad mustn’t know because all he wanted is education.
When I decided to stick with playing football, my dad had no choice but to give me go ahead because he has tried to stop me but no way. My grassroots coaches and neighbors convinced him to allow me to play football since that is what I love doing most.” She said.
The former Rivers Angels player who was part of Super Falcons squad that couldn’t qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics games also took us through her career path.
“I started my career with Jagunmolu Queens of Gbagada. I have played for Bayelsa Queens FC, Rivers Angels, and presently with Edo Queens. My target last season was to win the league with Bayelsa Queens, but unfortunately I couldn’t achieve the target as we finished in third position.” She concluded.
Sule Rafiat Folakemi scored two goals in four league matches for Bayelsa Queens last season before recently joining another Nigeria Women Premier League, NWPL side, Edo Queens FC.
During the 2015 season, Sule scored 11 goals in the league and two goals in the Federations Cup. She dedicated her golden boot to her deceased dad and teammates for the motivation, describing the award as something that came suddenly and as a sign that she is on the right path to fulfilling her dreams. Sule also deemed it as a collective indication of the efforts of her teammates. In 2016, her performance for
Bayelsa Queens led to her nomination for the May 2016 player of the month.
She was the top scorer in the league for two consecutive seasons. She has been described as technically sound with a sharp eye for goals from all distance.
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