NWFL Premiership 2022: Liadi Bashiru Prepares For Emotional Return As He Faces Former Club

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Liadi Bashiru spent six years at the Osogbo City Stadium, leading the ‘Omoluabi Queens’4th position in the 2017/2018 season and also maintaining the modest side Premiership status, in the process also discovering alot of young talents for the team.”

Confluence Queens Manager, Liadi Bashiru has admitted that returning to face his former side, Osun will be an emotional occasion for him.

Liadi Bashiru spent six years at the Osogbo City Stadium, leading the ‘Omoluabi Queens’4th position in the 2017/2018 season and also maintaining the modest side Premiership status, in the process also discovering alot of young talents for the team.

But the ‘New Direction’ Ladies Head Coach told www.thenwfl.com that he is more focused on delivering a positive result for his current team rather than basking about his time with Osun Babes.

“It comes naturally that way,” He told www.thenwfl.com

“I was here for some years and know the team alot. I have my family and friends back there and it means alot to me.

“But right now, am just looking at getting a very good result in Ile-Ogbo. We are more than determined and focused to continue from where we started on Matchday one. I watched Osun Babes during the Pre-season and must admit they have a decent squad, I know their capability and strength, that’s one thing they will rely on, come Wednesday.

“We know what we need to come out with a great result and we shall go all out to achieve that.” He concluded.

Osun Babes will face Confluence Queens on Wednesday at the Lanreleke Stadium, Ile-Ogbo. Both teams met at third place match of the Flying Officers Cup, with the game ending goalless, but Osun Babes won via penalties.

NWFL Premiership 2022| Week Two Preview| Nasarawa Amazons, Rivers Angels, Delta Queens Aim At First Victory.

“The NWFL Premiership heads into week two and www.thenwfl.com have you covered with our preview for the Wednesday matches across various centres in the country.”

The NWFL Premiership heads into week two and www.thenwfl.com have you covered with our preview for the Wednesday matches across various centres in the country. Defending Champions Rivers Angels are in action as they look forward to record their first win of the season against FC Robo Queens in Porthacourt. Edo Queens welcome Naija Ratels to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, Bayelsa Queens after thrashing Sunshine Queens in Akure on Matchday one , will face Delta Queens at the Nembe Township Stadium, with the Samson Siasia Stadium still under renovation.

Pelican Stars Vs Nasarawa Amazons | U.J Usuene Stadium, Calabar|

Pelican Stars fired blank as they lost 4-0 to Confluence Queens in the opening week of the NWFL Premiership. They have alot to play for and will be hoping to get it right against a side that is just starting their 2022 Campaign, after drawn bye last week.

The ‘Solid Babes’ were very active during Pre-season and signed alot of quality players for the new season. They were the busiest in the transfer window, just behind Bayelsa Queens and are considered as one of the favourites to win the league this season. Coach Leke Sanusi of Pelican Stars aim on Wednesday would be to score early and defend well against a stronger side. One thing is certain, the game is going to be unpredictable and the Calabar fans would enjoy themselves.

Osun Babes Vs Confluence Queens | LanreLeke Stadium, Ile-Ogbo|

Osun Babes will be playing away from their usual home ground when they face Confluence Queens on Matchday two of the NWFL Premiership. The ‘Omoluabi Queens’ will be playing at the LanreLeke Stadium, Ile-Ogbo, a community, one hour far from the Capital city, Osogbo.

Confluence Queens recorded a four-star performance against Pelican Stars, taking them top of group A and have a other chance of extending their good run against Osun Babes.

Confluence Queens Manager Liadi Bashiru spent seven years as Coach of Osun Babes and seem to know the team in and out, but like they always say, football isn’t mathematics.

Osun Babes on the other hand, had a disastrous opening day, losing 2-0 to newcomers, Naija Ratels in Abuja, a result that didn’t go down well with majority of the home fans.

Coach Olayinka Adunola has what it takes to turnaround their opening day misfortunes and has told her players to think and dream of nothing but a well comprehensive victory against their visitors on Wednesday. We look forward to a great game.

Edo Queens Vs Naija Ratels |Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin|

Both teams recorded victories on the first Matchday of the 2022 NWFL Premiership season. While Edo Queens traveled over 1000kilometres on air to Gombe to record a precious 2-0 victory over Adamawa Queens, Naija Ratels also got two past Osun Babes in Abuja.

Both have met thrice in three years, with the matches recording ,two draws and a win for Edo Queens.

The match is going to be played in the evening and it promises to be an entertaining encounter.

Abia Angels Vs Royal Queens |Umuahia Township Stadium, Umuahia|

This fixture is clearly going to be a difficult battle for the both sides. Abia Angels already tasted defeat in the hands of FC Robo Queens in Lagos on Matchday one, while Royal Queens starts the 2022 Campaign on Wednesday.

Royal Queens have shown that they can get points away and with their Manager Atare Azigbo staying that noting that they can get a good result in Abia.

It is a known fact that Abia Angels players work very hard on the pitch and could be very good defensively. They are even stronger at home and won’t leave any stones unturned on Wednesday.

Bayelsa Queens Vs Delta Queens | Nembe Township Stadium, Nembe|

Bayelsa Queens campaign got off to a great start as they recorded a 3-0 victory over Sunshine Queens in Akure on Matchday one, while Delta Queens played out a goalless draw against visiting Rivers Angels. A scoreline they thought they should have bettered, but lost a penalty kick early in the game. Bayelsa Queens main aim would be to record six points from two matches to strengthen their chances of winning the league.

Rivers Angels Vs FC Robo Queens | Uniport Sports Complex, Porthacourt|

Rivers Angels will face familiar foe FC Robo Queens in Porthacourt on Matchday two. The ‘Jewels Of Rivers’ will obviously be facing a very formidable side in the ‘Lagos Landladies’. Osahon Emmanuel’s side won Abia Angels 2-0 in Lagos last week and as an ambitious side, they would be thinking of getting something favourable in Porthacourt. For Rivers Angels, anything short of a victory is a bad result, so the the Edwin Okon Ladies have a great challenge ahead of them and are surely ready to take the onus upon themselves, by recording a victory at home..

Bayelsa Queens Star Anjor Mary Can’t Wait For The Start Of The New NWFL Premiership Season.

“Expectations are certainly lofty for the Yenagoa based side, after a great 2021 season, which eventually saw them losing out at the Super 6 Championship to rival Rivers Angels in Ijebu-Ode.”

In two days from now, Bayelsa Queens will take on Sunshine Queens in Akure to begin the new Premier League season.

Expectations are certainly lofty for the Yenagoa based side, after a great 2021 season, which eventually saw them losing out at the Super 6 Championship to rival Rivers Angels in Ijebu-Ode.

Anjor Mary went on to play an important role as her team went on to win the AITEO Cup, with the forward getting double accolades as top-scorer and Most Valuable player (MVP).

Speaking with www.thenwfl.com, the former Osun Babes forward said she can’t wait for the new season to begin.

“Certainly, I can’t wait for the start of the new season. We have prepared very well and are good to go,” She said.

“Our first game is away to Sunshine Queens, who I see as a very formidable team and are always very solid at home. We feel so confident going into the game on Wednesday.

“Our main aim is to top our league and do very well at the Super 6, this time around, we won’t take any chances.” She concluded.

Bayelsa Queens will play in Group B of the 2022 NWFL Premiership alongside FC Robo Queens, Abia Angels, Delta Queens, Rivers Angels, Sunshine Queens and Royal Queens. They will play their first game on Wednesday against Sunshine Queens in Akure.

“Expectations are certainly lofty for the Yenagoa based side, after a great 2021 season, which eventually saw them losing out at the Super 6 Championship to rival Rivers Angels in Ijebu-Ode.”

NWFL Premiership 2022: The League Is Going To Be Very Tight Until The End- Osahon Emmanuel.

“As usual, we’ll go out to do our best and win the game, because getting the maximum point is very key to our chances of playing in the Super 6.”

FC Robo Queens Head Coach Osahon Emmanuel Orobosa spoke to www.thenwfl.com ahead of their opening day match against Abia Angels in Lagos and thinks the league will be very competitive and tight this year.

The ‘Lagos Landladies’ finished in third position last season and would be looking forward to doing better this year, starting with the game against the ‘Angels From The East'”.

“Abia Angels play very good football and they’ve got alot of defensive qualities, judging by their results in the last three campaigns.

“As usual, we’ll go out to do our best and win the game, because getting the maximum point is very key to our chances of playing in the Super 6.

“We are playing in a very difficult group which comprises of teams like defending Champion, Rivers Angels, Bayelsa Queens, Delta Queens and Sunshine Queens. The coming games after our first game are very important, the league will be wide open and very tough from day one to the last day”

“The squad has been ready and prepared for a while. Everyone is ready and we must also give kudos to the league management for starting the league in time.” He concluded.

FC Robo Queens will battle Abia Angels in the first game of the new season on Wednesday, at the Legacy Pitch, National Stadium, Lagos.

NWFL Premiership 2022: Winning Honours Has To Be The Dream Of Every Player In Edo Queens- Sabina Chikere

“Our goal is to be competitive in the NWFL Premiership, to stay in a good position on the table and qualify for the Super 6, winning honours has to be the dream of every player in the squad, and we have to work for all these.”

Edo Queens General Coordinator, Mrs Sabina Chikere has urged the ‘Obaseki Ladies’ to come out strong on Wednesday when they face Adamawa Queens in Gombe.

The top football administrator believes Adamawa Queens will be strong at home, but has continued to remind her team that getting the maximum point is possible.

Edo Queens left Benin City Airport on Saturday, to Abuja, where they are expected to connect to Gombe on Monday evening to play their NWFL Premiership week one game against the ‘Fintiri’ Ladies at the Pantanmi Stadium, Gombe.

In an interview with www.thenwfl.com, Sabina noted that the team has been given all they need to succeed and clearly have great confidence in the players and the technical crew.

“No doubt, the technical crew have done alot to improve the quality of the squad,” She said.

“Our goal is to be competitive in the NWFL Premiership, to stay in a good position on the table and qualify for the Super 6, winning honours has to be the dream of every player in the squad, and we have to work for all these.

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“Sabina will be determined to see her team get off to a rapid start when they trade tackles with their opponent on Wednesday in Gombe, noting that a win will boost their confidence going ahead”

“It is also necessary for us to start the league on a winning note. It is going to boost our confidence and give us more power to carry on.

“So I urge all the players to put in their best on Wednesday and get the needed result.” She concluded.

There Is Plenty Of Positives Around The Squad- Osun Babes Defender, Iloduba

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“There is plenty to be positive about, when you look at the squad. We have a young side and a determined team too,” She told www.thenwfl.com

Osun Babes defender Sarah Iloduba believes the ‘Omoluabi Queens’ will do well as the 2022 NWFL Premiership season kicks off on Wednesday.

The Osogbo based side finished 5th in their group last season, missing out of the Super 6 Championship, but Osun Babes ‘cult’ heroine, Sarah Iloduba is optimistic that they can do better this season, starting with the Naija Ratels game in Abuja.

“There is plenty to be positive about, when you look at the squad. We have a young side and a determined team too,” She told www.thenwfl.com

“It is true that we have lost some good players from the last season squad, but we have to hold our heads high. We have come a long way and we aren’t looking back.

When asked about her thoughts on their first league outing against Naija Ratels in Abuja, the ferocious defender was clearly full of confidence.

“Naija Ratels are a very good side and we won’t judge them by the way they played at the Flying Officers Cup. Sometimes, Pre-seasons aren’t a perfect yardstick to judge a team.

“We saw them play in Abuja and feel they play an exciting kind of game, building from the back and that could be difficult for some teams..

“I am clearly positive about a great outing and will urge my teammates to think only about picking a good result in Abuja.” She concluded.

Naija Ratels will welcome Osun Babes on Wednesday, 8th of December, as the 2021/2022 Premiership season kicks off across various centres in the country.

Who Are The NWFL Premiership Managers For The 2022 Season?

” Last season was unusually calm with Abayomi Olorunda of Royal Queens and Rollandson Odeh losing their jobs. Olorunda resigned following interference from the club’s hierarchy, while Odeh was asked to step down as Head Coach.”

It’s no longer news that the 2022 NWFL Premiership season will kickstart on the 8th of December across all centres in Nigeria.

Last season was unusually calm with Abayomi Olorunda of Royal Queens and Rollandson Odeh losing their jobs. Olorunda resigned following interference from the club’s hierarchy, while Odeh was asked to step down as Head Coach.

Olorunda had formed a very young and strong team with Royal Queens, leading them to the NWFL Championship title in 2019.

Also, Whyte Ogbonda Of Confluence Queens, Anya Ugochi of Dreamstar Ladies and Moruf Adeyemo of Ibom Angels at a point left their position for some reasons. While Moruf Adeyemo and Whyte Ogbonda returned back, Anya Oguchi didn’t look back.

This time, five teams namely Royal Queens, Sunshine Queens, Confluence Queens, Edo Queens, Delta Queens will start the season with a new manager.

Here are the 14 NWFL Premiership Managers for the upcoming season.

  1. Royal Queens – ( Atare Azigbo)

Atare Azigbo took over the helms of affair after the departure of Paul Mene to Confluence Queens. The former footballer was the Sporting Director of the team before taking over as Manager. He had a good outing at the Flying Officers Cup and will be hoping to keep the Premiership status of the 2019 NWFL Championship winners.

  1. Sunshine Queens- (Tayo Onilude)

Tayo Onilude was assistant to Wemimo Mathew, before the National team Coach moved to money spinning side, Edo Queens.

Tayo Onilude will now take the onus on herself, leading the ‘Betty Babes’ to a very respectable position in the league, aiming for the Super 6.

  1. Bayelsa Queens – (Moses Aduku)

Moses Aduku have an array of stars in his squad. They seem to be the most gifted side and we’re doing so well in the league, before the Super 6. Moses Aduku’s led the team to Premiership glory in 2018 and also Champions Shield in 2019.

  1. Confluence Queens- (Liadi Bashiru)

The former Osun Babes Manager was announced as new Confluence Queens Manager in October 2021 and will lead the team alongside Paul Mene and Esther Micheal for the 2022 NWFL Premiership season. He is expected to bring his wealth of experience to play at the Confluence Stadium.

  1. Pelican Stars- (Olaleke Sanusi)

Olaleke Sanusi popularly called ‘Arigo’ helped his side to retain Premiership status, in the relegation play off and has promised to do better in the 2022 NWFL Premiership season. The experienced Manager has all it takes to bring something good to the Calabar fans.

  1. Naija Ratels- (Bankole Olowookeere)

Bankole Olowookeere is another Manager hoping to make a good remark in his first season at the top with Naija Ratels. The former Dreamstar Ladies Coach will start his campaign at their new home ground, the Area 10 Sports Complex, Abuja, against Osun Babes.

  1. Osun Babes – (Olayinka Adunola )

Olayinka Adunola will continue the good job she started last season with Osun Babes. Whyte Ogbonda who initially took over and got the team a third place position at the Flying Officers Cup, left the ‘Omoluabi Queens’ in November through a mutual consent.

  1. Adamawa Queens:- (Joshua Stephen Zira)

Even though there are speculations that Jacob Vandi will take over the helms of affair of the ‘Fintiri’ Ladies for the new season, but Joshua Stephen Zira has continued tutoring his side ahead of their opener against Edo Queens on the 8th of December.

  1. Edo Queens -( Wemimo Mathew )

Alot is expected from the new Edo Queens Manager, Wemimo Mathew, the ambitious Manager knows what is at stake and is ready to go, starting from the Adamawa Queens game. The former Sunshine Queens Manager led the ‘Betty Babes’ to third place at the 2019 NWFL Super 4 Championship and will be hoping to do something great with the ‘Obaseki Ladies’.

  1. FC Robo Queens – (Osahon Emmanuel Orobosa)

Osahon Emmanuel Orobosa is an achiever and would go all out this season to bring in more success. Their recent glory at the Flying Officers Cup is a testament that they can create more history at the 2022 NWFL Premiership season.

  1. Nasarawa Amazons – (Christopher Danjuma )

The last time Nasarawa Amazons won the league was in 2017. They came close in 2018, but lost to Bayelsa Queens in the final of the Super 4. Christopher Danjuma who doubles as the Head Coach of the Falconets has enriched his squad and won’t want a repeat of their poor start last season.

  1. Abia Angels – ( Ann Chiejine)

Coach Ann Chiejine will continue with Abia Angels for the new season. The Super Falcons assistant Coach has helped the ‘Angels From The East’ retain their Premiership Status, since they came to the topflight in 2017.

  1. Delta Queens – (Daniel Evunema )

The experienced Manager is back to the squad and would definitely bring his wealth of experience to play. Dan Evunema had won titles with Delta Queens in the past and took over from former C.O.D Ladies Coach, Kazeem Alabi in November.

  1. Rivers Angels – ( Edwin Okon)

Rivers Angels are defending Champions of the NWFL Premiership, but failed to do well at the CAF Women Champions League in Egypt. Edwin Okon knows there would be alot of pressure on him, starting with their first match in Asaba against Delta Queens. The ‘Akwa Ibom’ born coach is the most successful coach in the league with four league titles to his name.