NWFL Premiership 2022: Naija Ratels Bid To Emulate Clubs Who Thrived In First Season – Olowookeere

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As Naija Ratels gear up for their first ever topflight season, Head Coach, Bankole Olowookeere has reiterated their desire to emulate clubs who have thrived in their first NWFL Premiership season.

Bankole Olowookeere is definitely set to be a welcome addition to the NWFL Premiership due to his style of play and personality. The Nigerian National Women U-17, Flamingoes Coach is an engaging character who does not hide his emotions and he told www.thenwfl.com about his dreams for the Abuja based team.

“We start the new season with alot of hopes and determination,” He said.

“We are an ambitious club and won’t be contented with just making up the numbers. .

“We know some clubs have had a great first season in the previous campaign, but we aim to do better and achieve our goals steadily.

“Many clubs have a long history of competing in the Premiership, but we are new and want to leave our mark and at the same time we come with up with a fresh and youthful air that will make people talk. Our humility, perseverance, fight and commitment will lead us through.

Asked for his perspectives on their first league game against Osun Babes, the experienced Manager stated that starting the league in a high is very key.

“We are preparing so hard and will leave no stone unturned to get a very positive result. We have alot of respect for our opponent, but won’t show that on the pitch. He concluded.

NWFL Premiership 2022: Checkout 5 New Signings To Watch As Season Begins.

The NWFL Premiership has always been blessed with some of the most talented players around.

In the just Concluded summer transfer window, there have been some great players who switched clubs for notable reasons.

With the 2022 NWFL Premiership now underway, here are top 5 signings in the league, you must watch out for.

Damilola Koku (Rivers Angels ↔️Bayelsa Queens).

After an impressive outing for Rivers Angels at the just concluded Africa Women Champions League in Egypt. Koku arrived Nigeria and quickly made a deadline day transfer to fellow NWFL Premiership giant, Bayelsa Queens.

Lanky, powerful, two-footed striker who has a very high work-rate and should definitely combine well with the likes of Anjor Mary, Joy Jerry and others to improve the Yenagoa based side attack.

Ibinabo Georgewill – (Rivers Angels ↔️ Confluence Queens).

Ibinabo Georgewill was topscorer at the Flying Officers Cup in Abuja and her arrival at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja will bring alot of promises ahead of the new season.

She is a workaholic, who likes to help her Midfielders and also search for goals. Very good with the head and have a great leadership skills too.

Aderemi Mary (Osun Babes ↔️ Bayelsa Queens).

The Sunshine Queens Academy graduate is one of the most versatile midfielders in the NWFL Premiership and it is perhaps this all-rounded playing style that caught the eyes of Bayelsa Queens gaffer, Moses Aduku. The young midfielder, primarily played as a defensive midfielder last season under Olayinka Adunola of Osun Babes, but her versatility could see Aduku using her in a more offensive position.

Chiamaka Okwuchuku- (Royal Queens ↔️ Rivers Angels)

Given her precocious talent, there is plenty of expectation from her transfer from a modest team like Royal Queens to an NWFL Premiership giant Rivers Angels.

Rivers Angels in recent times have helped young talents like Maryann Ezeanagu, Brume Ikhekua and other grow and same is expected of a great prospect like Chiamaka.

Opeyemi Ajakaiye – (Dreamstar Ladies – FC Robo Queens).

Shone brightly at the Flying Officers Cup in the absence of Monday Gift and has been learning very fast under the tutelage of Osahon Emmanuel Orobosa.

FC Robo Queens announced her signing weeks before the Pre-season tournament and not much was expected from her initially, but having did so well in Abuja, she might just be the right click for Taiwo Lawal and Marylene Essien upfront for the ‘Lagos Landladies’.

CAF Women’s Champions League: Falode Builds Massive SSupport for Rivers Angels

The Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, has called on all the clubs in the three tiers of the Nigeria Women Football League and the generality of the women’s football family members in Nigeria to muster support for the country’s sole representative in the CAF Women’s Champions League, Rivers Angels FC of Port Harcourt ahead of their participation and quest to win the maiden edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League title, later in the year in Egypt.

Falode, who is also a board member of the Nigeria Football Federation, said Friday morning in Lagos that, Rivers Angels FC are not alone in their quest and desire to make Nigerian women football sustain the country’s leadership in the game which started way back in 1991 when the country’s national soccer team, the Super Falcons, won the Nation’s Cup and picked the continent’s ticket to play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. And afterwards, Nigeria has played in all editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup till date.

She tasked the players and officials of Rivers Angels FC not to be disillusioned by the loss of the WAFU B Qualifiers Champion’s trophy to Hassacas Ladies of Ghana, but be encouraged by the opportunity to qualify to play in the CAF Women’s Champions League proper later in the year in Egypt.

Falode said: “The loss to Ghana in the final WAFU B Qualifiers game, is a pointer to the huge challenges that await Rivers Angels FC at the main competition in Egypt, which would witness a convergence of the best clubs from each of the African regions.

“The result of the WAFU B Qualifiers final game is a warning to Rivers Angels FC that they should intensify their preparations and focus on the bigger challenges coming up in Egypt. As Nigeria must as a matter of necessity continue it’s superiority and dominance over other countries on the continent.

She added: “Perhaps, if the girls had won the WAFU B Qualifiers trophy on a plata, they wouldn’t see the importance of a bigger preparations for the main competition. The qualifiers in Abidjan was an eye opener to what await teams in main competition in Egypt, and a confirmation that Egypt 2021 is big deal, which must be taken seriously with all matches played.

“Rivers Angels FC should see each game that would be played at the main league in Egypt as a Cup final. This is the only way the players and officials of the club can keep encouraging the Rivers State government, the club’s sponsors.”

Falode, who is also the Director of Organisation of the forth coming Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament, assured Rivers Angels FC of the support of the board and Secretariat of the Nigeria Women Football League in their quest to conquer Africa.

NWFL Super 6: Bayelsa Queens Will Bounce Back Vows Coach

Bayelsa Queens manager, Moses Aduku has said his team will bounce back from their poor display at the 2021 NWFL Premiership Super 6.

The Yenagoa based side were only able to pick five points from five matches, two draws against Sunshine and Delta and a win against Edo Queens on the last day of the Super 6. Finishing 5th just behind Edo Queens, who ended up with no point.

The ‘Gloryland’ girls were top of the log during the season, before the league was stopped for the Super 6 and Aduku who won the league title for Bayelsa Queens in 2018 told www.thenwfl.com that his team will be a stronger and better next season.

No doubt, it wasn’t a good tournament for us, we didn’t start well and that affected us as a team. We sincerely want to appreciate the Government and good people of Bayelsa for their support and of course the management and all the fans that came here to support us at the Super 6.

“Next season is going to be better for us. We hope to get it right and continue with a very strong mentality. It’s painful that we started playing well very late in the competition and sometimes these things happen. I am proud of the players, despite the unexpected results, we shall continue to work hard to come back stronger next season.” He concluded.

NWFL Submits Rivers Angels To NFF As Nigeria’s Representative For WAFU Zonal Qualifiers

The Secretariat of the Nigeria Women Football League has submitted to the Nigeria Football Federation, the name of Rivers Angels Football club of Port Harcourt, as the Champion of the 2020/2021 NWFL Premiership season, after a successful outing at the much improved Super Six held at the Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu Ode, Ogun state.

The letter according to the NWFL Chairperson, Aisha Falode, the NFF General Secretary will forward the letter to the Confederation of African Football WAFU Zone B, General Secretary, Mr. Balima, later today, thus meeting the deadline of April 26, 2021 set earlier by CAF.

The Chairperson of the NWFL, Aisha Falode, said Monday in Lagos, that Nigeria has to take part in the Zonal play-off. The winner of the NWFL Premiership 2020-2021 Season will represent Nigeria in the Zonal play off.

She noted: “The country that wins the Zonal play off represents the Zone at the final tournament later in the year. Our League Champions will play in the WAFU B play off.

Adding that: “Therefore, if Nigeria emerge as Zonal champions and are given the African Women Cup of Nations’ slot as champions, Nigeria may get two slots at the Final Tournament.

She stressed that: “This is possible because CAF has reserved one additional slot given to the Zone who produced the champion at the last edition of the AWCON for women.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria won it at Ghana 2018 and we are in WAFU ZONE B.
The modality for deciding who takes this slot is not known yet. Ordinarily, Nigeria who won it should be given the slot. This explained the second slot for Nigeria at the Women CAF Champions League.”

Falode, stated that, “The General Secretary of WAFU Zone B, Mr. Balima also disclosed in a correpondence that, the qualifiers will hold in Abidjan, Cote D’ Voire, from 15th July to 30th July, 2021 different from the May date that was earlier communicated.”

Falode Applauds NWFL Premiership Clubs As Season Runs Into Super Six

The Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, has applauded all the 14 clubs in the NWFL Premiership for conducting themselves patriotically and professionally as the 2020/2021 season runs into the Super Six challenge and the bottom Eight battle.

The Super Six and Bottom Eight were adopted by the clubs in a Virtual meeting to determine the champion and relegated teams at the end of the season on April 25.

Falode, noted that despite the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, the clubs comported themselves very well as they strictly ensured safety protocols before and after games all through the first round of matches.

She added that: “In the entire 13 weeks of the First Round, there was no crowd violence in any of the 14 venues across the country. This is quite commendable and with situations like these, the women’s league will continue to grow and develop faster.”

The NWFL boss was full of plaudits for the clubs for their patriotism and love for Nigerian football especially at a time when the country could have been left out of the much anticipated CAF Women Champions League. “But the clubs rallied round and called for a meeting where their decisions were put to votes leading to the early conclusion of the season to enable Nigeria present representatives for the CAF Women Champions League. This has been the dream of women’s football players, club owners, the media and other proponents, for so many years.”

“The result of this, is the re-emergence of the Super Six after earlier decision to play a straight league of 132 matches over 26 weeks. The Super Six has been slated for the Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu-Ode from April 19 to 25. Here the champion for the 2020/2021 season will emerge, so also Nigeria’s representatives for the CAF Women Champions League. I wish the six clubs ; Bayelsa Queens, Delta Queens, Rivers Angels, Edo Queens, FC Robo and Sunshine Queens, goodluck as they battle for the title and tickets for the CAF Women Champions League.

NWFL Premiership: Top Six Clubs To Fight For Title; As Bottom 8 Battle Relegation

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The board of the Nigeria Women Football League headed by Aisha Falode and the representatives of the 14 NWFL Premiership clubs, Monday, in a virtual meeting agreed that, the top six teams at the end of the First Round of the ongoing 2020/2021 League season on April 7, 2021, will play in a Super Six Series to determine the season’s League Champions.

While the bottom eight clubs at the end of the same period would battle for survival in a play-off, with the last two teams at the end of the series, relegated.

The Chairperson of the NWFL, Aisha Falode, said at the end of Monday’s Virtual meeting to review the activities of the 2020/2021 NWFL Premiership season for the second stanza, that; “While the full season will end after the last game on Wednesday, 7th July 2021, the qualifiers for the much anticipated CAF Champions League holds in May.

“If the NWFL Premiership season should continue until July 7, Nigerian clubs will be ruled out of the West African Football Union (WAFU) qualifiers for the CAF Women Champions League which has been slated to hold in May. And it will be counterproductive if we continue the league and miss out of the CAF Women Champions League which Nigerian clubs are working very hard to win the inaugural edition.

“So, the NWFL board agreed with all the NWFL Premiership clubs to allow the top six clubs at the end of the First Round on April 7, to play for the title in a Super Six championship, whose date and venue will be communicated to the qualified clubs. While the bottom eight clubs will engage in a play off to determine the two teams that will be relegated.”

Falode, noted that to reach these decisions, the NWFL board got the consent of the 14 clubs in the NWFL Premiership. She expressed her delight on the cooperation and understanding showed by the clubs.

Bayelsa Queens Gets Big Win Against Ibom Angels To Remain Ontop.

Bayelsa Queens FC of Yenagoa put on their best performance of the season so far in the Nigerian Women Football League matchday Eight encounter at the Dan Ayiam Stadium, Owerri by outclassing Ibom Angels of Uyo by Four goals to nil.

Playing a home game away from their traditional Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, due to the one match banishment by the Women League Board, the Gloryland Girls made good used of the opportunity to record their biggest win so far.

The game kicked off on a past pace with back from injury striker Anjor Mary tapping into an empty net after Precious Vincent layed her up in the 12th minutes. Joy Bokiri doubled the advantage for her side when she rounded up the Goalkeeper of Ibom Angels Lucky Andy on 40th minutes to end the first half with a two goals lead.

The Uyo Girls had barley settled down for the second half when Bayelsa Queens Goalkeeper Onyinyechi Okeke long kick was lashed on by Anjor Mary to score her second and Bayelsa Queens third on 47th minutes.

The Akwa Ibom Girls stated making some forays into the Bayelsa Queens box and playing some good passes when the coach made a double substitution. But any hope of a comeback was extinguished when Super Sub Charity Rueben’s 35 yards screamer caught Goalkeeper Lucky Andy napping in the 82nd minutes to end the game as a contest.

Technical Adviser of Bayelsa Queens FC Moses Aduku was elated that her girls used the banishment to make a statement of intent by scoring four beautiful goals and said that the target is to win the league this season.

Interim Coach of Ibom Angels Prince Usen was disappointed with the performance of his girls particularly in the first half and also for the below par showing of Goalkeeper Lucky Andy. But promised to beef up the team when the new management is setup probably before the second stanza of the season.

On her part, Anjor Mary was happy to be back playing and helping her team to secure this victory and remaining top of the league table. Bayelsa Queens next travels to Oshogbo to take on Osun Babes in their matchday 9.

NWFL Premiership Week 7 Review: Osun Babes Triumph In South-West Derby As Rivers Angels, Bayelsa Queens, Nasarawa Amazons Win Away From Home

As another thrilling week of the NWFL Premiership came to a close. Here’s is a review of Match-day 7 with lot of thrills and actions.

Rivers Angels, Bayelsa Queens and Nasarawa Amazons all won away from home. Osun Babes, Delta Queens, Royal Queens and Edo Queens recorded victory at their home grounds.

Here is www.thenwfl.com review for the NWFL Premiership this week.

Abia Angels 1 Bayelsa Queens 2

The Angels from South East failed to fly at home as they were humbled by the Bayelsa Queens 2-1.

Vincent Precious put the visitors ahead in the 40th minute before Messoma Ibeh levelled things for the home side and when it looks like the spoils will be shared, Charity Reuben converted from the penalty spot in the 89th minute to make it 2-1 for the visitors.

Pelican Stars 1 Rivers Angels 2

Rivers Angels kept the hope of retaining the title they won last season alive when they defeated Pelican Stars away from home by two goals by one.

Cynthia Aku (9′) and Brume Ikhekua (16′) both scored in the first half to put Rivers Angels 2-0 up before Chiwendu Ufomba pulled one back for Pelican Stars in the 73rd minute.

Ibom Angels 0 Nasarawa Amazons 1

An 82nd minute winner from Adejoke Ejalonibu was all Nasarawa Amazons needed to record their first away win of the season.

Moruf Adeyemo has been asked to step aside by Ibom Angels Management after recording 4 straight Losses.

Delta Queens 1 FC Robo 0

Delta Queens defeated FC Robo of Lagos by a lone goal in one of the evening’s fixture. Tejiri 0Edward 72nd minute goal from the penalty spot was enough to see off the resilient Lagos girls who were attacked on their way to Delta on Tuesday night. Osahon Emmanuel and his girls almost got an equalizer late in the game, but we’re denied by goalkeepeer Ihuoma.

Osun Babes 1 Sunshine Stars 0

It took a 92nd minute penalty for Osun Babes to beat Sunshine Queens in the South West derby at the Osogbo city Stadium.

The derby which looked destined for a draw changed when Kafayat Bashiru calmly converted from the penalty spot ensuring the home side secures the maximum point in the process.

Edo Queens 1 Confluence Queens 0

It took an hardworking Edo Queens side 83rd before finding the back of the net against a stubborn Confluence Queens of Lokoja.

The never say die of Edo ladies was seen in full action at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium where Temitope Owoeye beautiful goal help them pip Confluence Queens by a lone goal.

Royal Queens 2 Dreamstar Ladies 0

Royal Queens scored two past Dreamstar Ladies in the second half, after the first 45minutes ended goalless.

Chika Idika and Rosemary Adesina scored for the ‘Canadian Geese’ to give them an all important win at home.

Bayelsa Queens fined, banished to Owerri, as Edo Queens coach sanctioned

The Nigeria Women Football League has fined NWPL Premiership league leaders, Bayelsa Queens of Yenagoa, a whopping N2.5million and also banished the team to the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, Imo State for their next home game scheduled for March 3, 2021.

The Chairperson of the NWFL, Aisha Falode, said Monday that; “Bayelsa Queens committed the infringement in the Match No. 41 played against Edo Queens FC of Benin at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa, where it was established in the match officials reports that there was an encroachment, disturbances and disruption of the match by the home team fans.”

Falode, stated that, “Bayelsa Queens violated the following rules:- Fans invasion of the pitch, Disruption of match, Harassment and intimidation of visiting team by home fans, and non-adherence to stipulated Covid-19 protocol.”
Others violations commited by Bayelsa Queens are :”Fans contact with players and match officials on the field of play and breakdown of security protocol at match venue.”
All these Falode stated, were capable of bringing the game of football to disrepute. And she stressed that, it’s believed these sanctions will serve as deterrent to Bayelsa Queens FC and a strong warning to all the NWFL Premiership clubs.

In a related development, the NWFL also slammed a N500,000 fine on Edo Queens FC for the action of the team’s Technical Adviser, Mr. Rolandson Odeh, after the match.
Odeh, verbally attacked the referee in a post match interview after the Match Number 41 game against Bayelsa Queens at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa.

The NWFL chairperson stressed that, “Rolandson Odeh, was accused of making some frivolous and unsubstantiated comments about the centre referee which put the league in question with disregard to the progressive efforts being put in place by the board of the NWFL to restructure the league.
“Therefore, Edo Queens FC was fined the sum of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) for granting such incisive interview capable of bringing the game to disrepute. We believe the fine will serve as a deterrent to Edo Queens FC and also a strong and last warning to Mr. Rolandson Odeh.”

Falode, added that.; As Mr. Rolandson Odeh gets a final warning, the same goes to Bayelsa Queens FC which committed a similar infractions against Sunshine Queens of Akure in Yenagoa a few years ago and were equally sanctioned. A repeat of such violations would attract a stiffer sanctions,” Falode said.