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Monday, February 22, 2021

Ratel Sports Foundation Raise Money In Girl-Child School Campaign Novelty Match

 Ratel Sports Foundation Raise Money In Girl-Child School Campaign Novelty Match.



Over One million Naira was raised as Ratel Sports Foundation and Sports Writers Association Of Nigeria (SWAN) joined forces in a novelty match in Abuja to campaign in support of the 'Girl Child School Campaign'. 


In a continuous effort to raise awareness on the need to tackle illiteracy, poverty, discrimination amongst the girl child, Ratel Sports Foundation, a non Governmental Organization formed by Legal Luminary, Barrister Paul Edeh decided to hold a fundraising novelty match to give hope to the common girl child, who have been deprived of education.



In an entertaining encounter, which ended in a 2-2 draw, Naija Ratels scored first in the 20th minute through midfielder Emmanuel Blessing, before Olawale Ayeni of Leadership Newspaper equalized few minutes later. 


In the second half, Tobi Sangotola of Voice of Nigeria put SWAN ahead in the 46th minute but, a well-tailored cross by Animashaun Aishat gave Adenike Olonilua the chance to dab the ball into the net to earn Ratels a deserved comeback. 


Speaking after the game, the Convener of the fundraising Match, Barrister Paul Edeh underlined that children all over the world, have the right to education. 



The United Nations SDG Peace Ambassador stressed that educating girls is key to ending poverty in the world, noting that Ratels Sports Foundation and  Naija Ratels as a club has contributed immensely to the well-being of the Girl-Child through various programmes and initiatives.


"The idea of forming Naija Ratels in the first place was not mainly to have a Women football club but to make a mark in giving back to the girl child. 


"We realized that not all of them can be lawyers, not all can go to school or have a formal education. So, we thought that a football club would be an avenue for them to express their God-given talents. 


"Today, we are here to highlight the need to educate the girl child. That is why we are playing this match against FCT SWAN," Edeh said. 



"The girl child deserve better and am glad that we have been able to raise well over a million Naira through this campaign and this money will be used to give scholarships to indigent girls who can't afford to go to school." 


On his part, Ndubueze Chidoka, FCT SWAN chairman appreciated the efforts of the foundation while encouraging members to engage in sporting activities.


"It is good for us to keep fit and take our health seriously, by doing exercises. Members here are happy and many of them are already asking me when we can have another event like this.



"We appreciate Ratels Sports Foundation for this kind of project and we as a body are glad that money has been raised for the girl child education through this initiative."


The President of Naija Ratels Football Club, Edeh, also donated the sum of N50,000 in cash to the association as part of its support for the burial of the late Segun Ogunjimi of the Nation Newspaper, who was a highly resourceful, humble and dilligent sports journalist and further promised that the foundation has pledged to host a novelty match in honour of him.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Barr. Edeh Offers Scholarship To Over 40 Players, Says Football Can Help Tackle Gender-Based Violence

 Bar. Edeh Offers Scholarship To Over 40 Players, Says Football Can Help Tackle Gender-Based Violence




Football as a sport is an important tool to bring people together and also educate boys about true masculinity, violence prevention and the rights of women. That's why NWFL Championship side, Naija Ratels Football Club took out time to play a novelty match against a team assembled by it's President, Barrister Paul Edeh on the 6th of February 2021 at the Area 3 Football pitch, Abuja.


A minute of silence was held before the start of the match in memory of victims of Gender-based violence across the world.  



The game which featured some notable individuals was filled with fun and excitement, as both teams united to end violence against women. The Naija Ratels Ladies scored first through Adanna Nwachukwu  before Kenny Jubril equalised late on for the Barrister Paul Edeh side to make it 1-1.


"Sports is a vital tool for building peace and understanding across nations and can also be a powerful instrument to oppose violence against the girl child, helping promote gender equality and also children's right", said Naija Ratels President, Barrister Paul Edeh.


"I passionately believe in the power of sport. The values that I have as a man, leader, husband and father must be used to help women who are being abused and to focus our attention on preventing abuse from happening by educating boys about true masculinity, violence prevention and rights of women.


The United Nations SDG Peace Ambassador further stated that he will be offering scholarships to all his players to the University level, noting that those who failed WAEC and NECO will retake it, while UTME forms will be brought for those with required credits.


 "We live in a society where too much attention has been taken away from the girl child. We live in a society where the girl child appears to be abandoned and neglected. We live in a society where the emphasis on the social vices associated with what we do against the girl child isn't highlighted.



"So today, I came together with my friends to be able to highlight a very topical theme which has to do with Gender based violence, we have come here to say no to gender-based violence, that the girl child need to be given opportunity to express themselves in a society that belongs to them as well. 


"When we forayed into the game of football, investing in the game of football, we decided we aren't going to do it business as usual, we knew the education of these children was very key, hence we decided to give all of them scholarships and help them realise their dreams, also we diversified into farming and other business to keep funding these girls who have left their homes to come play for Naija Ratels. Their welfare is well catered for and that's very important for us." He concluded. 


A lawyer and human rights activist, Barrister Nicholas Elechi lauded the initiative and tasked the Federal Government, NFF and other notable Stakeholders to give more support to Bar. Paul Edeh in the project. 


"We are marking an end to violence against women in the society with this event. It's amazing what Barrister Paul Edeh is doing. A single individual doing what so many Nigerians cannot do. He has given scholarships to over forty girls which will enable them to get the best of education. It's really amazing 



"He is a very good example of what it means to be a great Nigerian. Wilson Churchill once said: ' If every Englishman can defend his family, the whole of England will be defended." 


"I  urge the Nigerian Government, NFF and other key stakeholders to support him in this course. I am really impressed."


Also, Ex-International and Chairman of Kogi United and Confluence Queens, Abdul Sule, who was one of the participants, thanked the convener, Barrister Paul Edeh for giving support and recognition to the girlchild, noting that he will always be available for anything that has to do with Gender-based violence.  



The one-day event had notable individuals present, such as former Super Eagles striker Abdul Sule, legendary Goalkeeper John Gaadi, Barrister Nicholas Elechi, Future Eagles Manager, Usman Ilerika, Nigeria U-17 women football team manager, Bankole Oloowokere, Chairman Nigeria Coaches Association, FCT, Godwin Bamigboye, Special Assistant to the Minister for State, FCT, Ndaliman Babajirgi, Comrade Azikwe, Top Sports Journalists, Udeme George, Grace John and many others.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Abuja Football Association Happy To Absorb Naija Ratels FC - Ilerika

 Abuja Football Association Happy To Absorb Naija Ratels FC - Ilerika. 



Abuja Football Association Secretary Usman Ilerika has described Naija Ratels as a well structured club with a certain bright future in the Nigerian Football arena. 


The renowned Football enthusiast said this, while presenting the certificate of affiliation to the President of NWFL Championship side Naija Ratels, Barrister Paul Edeh in Abuja.


Ilerika on behalf of the Abuja FA, said the Association are happy to absorb a well modeled club like Naija Ratels into it's folds and hailed them for following due diligence and required process, as it concerns proper affiliation with the Abuja F.A. 



The President of Naija Ratels FC, Barrister Paul Edeh while reacting, thanked the FCT FA for giving them the neccesary supports, while also stated the reason the club decided to affiliate with them. 


"Abuja is going to be our new home." He said. 


"We decided sometime ago to stay in Abuja, while Honey Badgers, our second team remains in Benue state. 


"It was a decisi taken alongside all stakeholders of the team. We all agreed and that's why we got affiliated with the FCT FA. 



"I truly want to appreciate the Chairman of the FA, Alhaji Adam Mouktar Mohammed, the Secretary, Usman Ilerika and everyone that have been giving us all neccesary supports." He concluded.

Monday, January 11, 2021

NWFL Championship: Barrister Edeh, Olowookeere Satisfied As Naija Ratels Ends Screening Exercise In Lagos

 NWFL Championship: Barrister Edeh, Olowookeere Satisfied As Naija Ratels Ends Screening Exercise In Lagos. 



NWFL Championship side, Naija Ratels FC on Saturday at the Agege Township Stadium, Lagos concluded a 5 day Open Screening Exercise themed 'Find Your Way To Naija Ratels' which is aimed at discovering young and technically gifted players. 


The screening exercise which is part of the NWFL Championship side's effort to fortify the team ahead of the new season, had players from the nooks and crannies of Lagos State and it's environs in attendance. 



Speaking during the final day screening exercise, the Chairman of the Club Barrister Paul Edeh described the exercise as largely successful with the climax being the friendly match between some of the newly discovered talented players and the Lagos State women National Sports Festival team and three other teams.


" Truly, I am satisfied with what I saw today as these young girls played their hearts out to seek for a shirt in Naija Ratels. At Naija Ratels, our dream is to ensure that this young players achieve their dreams through sports and education. 


" We shall continue to give them that platform to excel and pursue their dreams. Talent is something that cannot be hidden and I am satisfied with what I have seen here today."



"Our focus for 2021 is to continue to scout for young talents at the grassroots and support club owners who have continued to feed the bigger clubs in the league with great talents."  


"Today, we are donating these few balls with the 4 teams that played with us and we pledge to always stand with you as much as we can." He concluded. 


The Abuja based legal luminary also thanked Lagos State F.A Member and Chairman Technical Committee, Mr Dotun Coker for finding out time to grace the event. Mr Coker who fell in love with the initiative heaped encomiums and expressed delight over what he called 'special'. 



"I would love to express the fact that Naija Ratels is fast becoming a household name in women's football and I will urge Barrister Paul Edeh to keep doing what he is doing. I am indeed impressed with what I have seen so far and I hope we will have more Naija Ratels programmes in Lagos. 


Finally, the Head Coach of Naija Ratels FC Bankole Oloowokere experessed satisfaction over the exercise and told the Media that over 50 players made the screening exercise which started at the Alade Stadium, before finally rounding up at the Agege Township Stadium. 


" As a team, we know what we want and I can boldly say we have gotten that. The screening exercise is an effort for Naija Ratels to discover, nurture and groom talents that will become great in the nearest future. 



 "We believe in the younger ones and I want to commend Barrister Paul Edeh for his vision and capabilities to make things happen. He is certainly a man who uses his visionary and intellectual capacity to turn things around. 


" We are fully prepared for the NWFL Premiership and look forward to a favourable outing." He concluded.


Naija Ratels played four matches, won one, drew one and lost two. The team was made up of the newly recruited players. Goalless draw against S.D.H, 3-0 loss to team Lagos, won 3-2 against Victory Queens and lost 3-1 to Lakeside Queens.

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