NWFL Championship 2021: Only A Collective Effort Can Earn Gallant Queens Premiership Status – Haruna.

Gallant Queens of Kaduna Gaffer, Haruna Musa thinks only a collective effort will make them play well, win games and gain promotion to the NWFL Premiership.

Gallant Queens are expected to face five other opponents as they seek to get one of the two Premiership slots in ground.

“We have really worked so hard over time and it’s time for us to remain focused and concentrate on the Championship season”.

Haruna who is optimistic, told by www.thenwfl.com that his team will have to play together as a team and win games together, as that would be the secret to their success in the Championship.

‘We have really worked so hard over time and it’s time for us to remain focused and concentrate on the Championship season.

‘If we want to do well in Abuja, we need to work and play as a unit. We are facing some great teams in the league, and the only way we can achieve this, is to believe in ourselves and hold on to our style of play, which is playing together as a team.

“Definitely, we have some great players and this is the right time for them to exhibit what they can do to help the team do well in the Championship.” He concluded.

“We have really worked so hard over time and it’s time for us to remain focused and concentrate on the Championship season”.

NWFL Championship: It’s ‘One Day At A Time’ For Us At Naija Ratels ~ Bankole Olowookere

“For us, at Naija Ratels, we would take each games as they come and ensure that we get positive results”

Naija Ratels Head Coach, Bankole Olowookere has told www.thenwfl.com that his team will take each game as they come, when they kickstart their NWFL Championship campaign on Monday in Abuja.

The young manager outlines his target as his team set for another challenge against five other clubsides at the Aguiyi Ironsi Sports Complex, Abuja.

“Indeed, we know the challenges ahead, because every team seem to be Well prepared for the NWFL Championship season.

“For us, at Naija Ratels, we would take each games as they come and ensure that we get positive results.

“Every team participating will come with alot of determination and we can’t take any game lightly. Kwara Ladies, Kaduna Queens, Adamawa Queens, Gallants Queens and Heartland Queens are quality teams that no one can underestimated.” He concluded

NWFL Championship 2021: All You Need To Know About The 6 Participating Teams

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The countdown for the 2021 NWFL Championship season is well and truly on, with six teams set to vie for two Premiership slots from the 22nd of June to the 29th.

Gallant Queens, Naija Ratels, Kwara Ladies, Kaduna Queens, Adamawa Queens and Heartland Queens will battle it out at the Aguiyi Ironsi Sports Complex, Abuja.

We give you a brief recap of the six teams participating at the 2021 NWFL Championship Season.

Heartland Queens (Imo LandLadies).

Heartland Queens are owned and sponsored by the Imo State Government. The ‘Imo Landladies’ earned promotion to the NWFL Premiership in 2017, but failed to meet up with the league’s registration requirement in the 2021 season, thus they were demoted to the Championship. They have a solid team and finished just a point above Dreamstar Ladies in the 2019 season, after a great win against Edo Queens in the last day of the season.

They are coached by a very experienced manager, George Oyenekwe, who have once coached Nasarawa Amazons. They also boast of quality players like Chindinma Anaele, Ezinne Nwokocha, Ugobest Osuji, Amaechi Duru and many others.

Naija Ratels FC (The Ratels).

Naija Ratels will be playing in the Championship for the first time, having played in the Nationwide in 2019. They are coached by Bankole Olowookere, who is also the head coach of the Nigeria Women U-17 Football team, Flamingos.

The team wowed Football fans when they went ahead to reach the Semi-final of the Flying Officers Cup in 2020, beating the likes of Kaduna Queens, Royal Queens and also playing a draw with Edo Queens and Nasarawa Amazons respectively.

Aminat Bello, Paulina Ali, Adanna Nwachukwu and many others are players to watch in Ratels, as they look forward to begin their quest for Premiership promotion.

Kaduna Queens (Crocodile Ladies).

Kaduna Queens Queens got relegated in the 2019 season, after losing a relegation Play-Offs battle against Osun Babes in Abuja. Coach Shuaibu Aminu told newsmen recently that he wants to return to the Premiership next season, it simply means he has to do well in the Championship season.

Oluchi Godwin, Dorcas Yohanna, Chibere Eze, George Bahado and inspirational Captain Florence Israel are all ready for the new Championship season.

Adamawa Queens (Fintiri Ladies).

The ‘Fintiri’ Ladies have rebuilt their squad since toping their group and qualifying for the 2019 NWFL Premiership Super 6. Though, they have lost some key players since their demotion to the Championship, but still yet, they can boast of some quality players in their team.

New manager Joshua Stephen will be relying on the experience of the likes of Eunice Ezeani, Omede Regina, Archibong Glory, Sabo Monica and others.

Kwara Ladies (The Harmony Ladies).

Kwara Ladies got promoted from the Nationwide to the Championship in 2019 and since then have been struggling to find their feet in preparation for the Championship. Amoo Latifat, Lawal Hadiza and key Goalkeeper Abdulraheem Bashirat have what it takes to seal a Premiership slot for the “Harmony Ladies”

Gallant Queens FC ( The Green Amazons)

Gallant Queens will be participating in the league for the first time and are well prepared for the challenge ahead of them. They have some quality players and one of them is the former Captain of Invincible Angels, Rejoice Artetan, who has great experience at the back. Coach Musa Haruna will also expect the likes of Jane Garuba, Adeola Akinwande and the rest to give in a good fight when the Championship season begins.

NWFL Championship: Naija Ratels Gifted Striker Yetunde’ Hoping To Follow In Grandfather’s Thunder Balogun Illustrious Footsteps.

Naija Ratels forward Yetunde’ Balogun’ is the Granddaughter of legendary Nigerian player Teslim Olawale Balogun’, who was Africa’s first qualified professional coach and was captain of the National team.

He was nicknamed “Thunder” because of his powerful shot and was also known as “Balinga” for a similar reason, some of these qualities his granddaughter also possesses.

At just 15 years old, Yetunde’ Balogun’ is already regarded as a great prospect and one who is termed to be prominent in years to come.

The Naija Ratels striker has shown that she has similar abilities to her grandfather who was known as one of the deadliest strikers the country has ever had, producing a great performance against Rivers Angels, crowning it up with a superb goal in Porthacourt.

“Obviously, I didn’t get to meet my grandpa when he was alive because I wasn’t born yet. He died in 1972 and my dad was also very young when he passed on.

“But of course, i heard a lot of stories about him. He’s also one of my biggest motivation and another reason why I chose to play football.” Yetunde’ told www.thenwfl.com

“All i can say about my grandpa, is that he was a very good footballer and people saw his potential and that was why they named him ‘thunder’ because of his powerful shot on his left leg.

“He played and coached in some countries but most especially in England where he played for Queens Park Rangers and Peterborough. My dad told me alot about him and I am indeed very proud of his achievement.” She stated.

“My dad gives me all the supports needed and he believes so much in my abilities.

The gifted striker also revealed how four time African Footballer of the year and Barcelona star inspired her to dump music for football.

“I was going through some videos on youtube, and i came across Asisat Oshoala video, i clicked on it to see how she plays and all that, i was stunned and amazed the way she played in the video.

“I was so inspired, i went straight to search about her who she is and where she’s coming from everything about her got me motivated then, that was how I knew I wanted to play football and i could be just like her someday.

Tesilimi Olawale Ayinde “Teslim” Balogun was a Nigerian football player and coach. Balogun played at both professional and international levels as a striker, before becoming Africa’s first qualified professional football coach.

NWFL Championship: Naija Ratels FC Take Over Invincible Angels Slot.

NWFL Nationwide side, Naija Ratels FC have acquired the slot of Invicinble Angels in the NWFL Championship after a mutual agreement was reached by the two clubs on Friday evening.

The management of the two Benue State Football sides, confirmed the development to journalists on Friday evening and noted that the deal was a neccesary step to improve the standard of women football in Benue.

Invincible Angels in a statement during the weekend said the agreement was sealed after a thorough discussion between both parties with both Club Chairmen leading the negotiation.

The Chairman of the Gboko based side, Mr. Chur Jr MichaelRandy noted that the club is aware of the challenges ahead in terms of the new club licensing/documentation policy introduced by the Sports Ministry and the NWFL under the leadership of Aisha Falode.

“We understand we might not be able to cope with the financial terms, club licensing, documentation and other requirements under the new policy of the NWFL.

“This is the reason we thought and agreed mutually that we should give the baton to our sister club, Naija Ratels to finish the race.

“The fact remains that these are two Benue teams and we are glad as a club to play in the NWFL Nationwide in the coming season, while Naija Ratels play in the NWFL Championship.

“We had challenges last year in the Premier League and thought we were going to get help from the Benue State Government, but we never did. Unfortunately things have gotten worse financially with the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world, the best decision was to hand the slot over to a sister club who is capable.

In his remarks the President of Naija Ratels Football Club, Barrister Paul Edeh thanked the management of Invicinble Angels for the opportunity and also made it known that proper documentation as regards the change of status has been done officially by the NWFL.

“When Invincible Angels FC approached us to take their NWFL Championship slot, we received the news with great joy and did not hesitate to accept the offer after mutually agreeing on the terms of the offer. It is worthy of mention that the paper work has been done and the NWFL leadership under the Chairperson of Aisha Falode has since done the change of name and endorsed Naija Ratels FC as a team in the NWFL Championship.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank the Chairman of Invincible Angels FC Mr Chur Jr MichaelRandy for giving us the right to take their slot. I also want to thank the Chairperson of the NWFL Ms Aisha Falode for making the process of our registration seamless.

“I have no doubt that the 2021 season will indeed be a year to be reckoned with as we have continued to prepare assiduously to be victorious in the Championship.” He concluded.