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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

"How I Became Captain Of Naija Ratels FC" - Paulina Ali

Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Championship side Naija Ratels Captain Paulina Ali has shown real character as the leader of the team ever since she was made captain over two years ago. 

The charismatic defender recently revealed how she started the round leather game as a kid and how her parents never supported her in the beginning.

The young player believes that she has grown as a leader and player in Naija Ratels and owes the club alot of responsibilities, reasons why she never left the club, despite receiving offers from some of the biggest teams in the NWFL Premiership.

"For me, Football is the only thing that makes me happy. Football is life and am glad I can do what I love doing here at Naija Ratels. 

"I started out with volleyball and was very good at it, until one of my teachers at Padopads Secondary School, Makurdi convinced me to start playing soccer, probably because of my height. I fell in love with the game afterwards and never looked back. 

"Just like many young women footballers, my parents never supported me playing football. My mum was always against it and punish me at times. But I was determined and wanted to achieve something great with the game and that pushed me to be where I am today, even though I know i still have a long way to go. 

"I must confess that I have improved tremendously, both as a person and a player under Naija Ratels and we all have special love for the club and President, Barrister Paul Edeh, who stands as a father figure to all of us. 

"We owe the club and the President alot and that's why we are so dedicated and determined to always win all our games.

On being Captain of a Championship team at a very young age, Paulina said it has been tasking, but yet rewarding. 

"Being a leader means you have to be always ready to lay down good examples. It has been tasking, but yet very rewarding. It has made me grow positively as a person and see life in a different perspective. It also makes me work harder on the pitch, because I always want to win games and excel in everything I do and this is the same mentality I pass on to every member of the team." 

"I have told the girls that they need to do something extra- ordinary when the Championship season starts. We know our aim and our ability as dedicated and hardworking players will always stand out and work for us. We are focused and only aiming at setting a great record." She concluded. 

Naija Ratels will be playing in the NWFL Championship season later this year and will be aiming at gaining promotion to the elite league at their first trial.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Naija Ratels Players Visit Benue IDP Camp, Donates Menstrual Hygiene Kits, Relief Materials And Others

Naija Ratels Players Visit Benue IDP Camp, Donates Menstrual Hygiene Kits, Relief Materials And Others. 

Players of Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Championship side, Naija Ratels FC on Friday donated Menstrual hygiene kits, relief materials and football kits to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the Abagena Camp in Benue State. 

The players, technical crew and staff of the NWFL Championship team carried out the visit to the IDPs as part of it's charity outreach activities and were all seen in a happy mood as they interacted with the Internally Displaced Persons.

Menstrual hygiene is one of the neglected health and hygiene issues surrounding the rights of vulnerable girls and women in camps built for internally displaced Persons (IDPs) and for hundreds of these women and girls living in the IDP camps, this natural monthly occurrence could be very disruptive. 

For these reasons, the players of the Nigeria Women Football League side, Naija Ratels deemed it fit to donate relief materials and sanitary pads to the under privileged females in the internally displaced People's Camp. 

Donating the items, Team Manager of the side, Iorsue Kuhwa and Captain, Paulina Ali said the reason behind the gesture was to support young girls in the camp who cannot afford to buy pad for their monthly period.

According to them, it was observed that young girls and women in IDP Camps resort to the use of pieces of cloths or tissues for their monthly periods. 

"We learnt how young girls and women in this IDPs Camp go through alot during their monthly periods and how some girls stay away from school going into isolation when they menstruating because of stigmatisation by their male peers''; Paulina Ali said. 

Also reacting, the team manager said; "So as a team, we thought and decided we could help out in our own little way, so today we donated about 15 Cartons of Sanitary Pads, four bags of rice and some kits for the girls and women here. 

"I believe it's high time we teach young girls and women in IDP Camps about Menstrual health and hygiene. This awareness will create more confidence amongst these girls and there will be no shame when experiencing their Menstrual period, which is natural for every woman." He concluded.

The assistant Camp Commandant, Solomon Azulo expressed appreciation for the gesture on behalf of the girls and women in the camp. 

"It is a great honour to receive these menstrual hygiene kits and other relief materials on behalf of the young girls in the camp.

"This is a great gesture and am sure Naija Ratels did this just because they care about the Girl-Child. 

"We are grateful and hope other teams, groups and bodies will always remember us here." He concluded.

Naija Ratels is an NWFL Championship team based in Abuja and owned by renowned Philanthropist, Barrister Paul Edeh.

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.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Flying Officers Cup: The Biggest Women Football Pre-Season Championship In Africa

 Flying Officers Cup: The Biggest Women Football Pre-Season Championship In Africa. 

Africa's biggest women football Pre-season Championship, the "Flying Officers Cup" ended on Sunday, the 22nd of November 2020 with a lot of funfair and glamour. 

The Championship which started on Monday the 16th of November at the Guards Brigade Stadium, Abuja had five NWFL Premiership heavyweights and three others competing. 

Following the success of the 2019 edition which was held at the Aper Aku Stadium Makurdi, the organisers of the competition, Ratels Sports Foundation deemed it fit to primarily rebrand the tournament and rename it the Flying Officers Cup in honour of the late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile who lost her life at the age of 24. 

The 2020 edition had defending Champions Edo Queens, 2018 NWFL Premiership Champions, Bayelsa Queens, 2019 AITEO CUP Champions Nasarawa Amazons, Royal Queens, Confluence Queens, Naija Ratels, Honey Badgers and Kaduna Queens all competing for the One Million Naira prize money. 

Ratels Sports Foundations, catered for the accommodation, feeding and general welfare of all the teams during the one week duration and also gave all the teams branded jerseys, giant trophy for the winner for keeps, 10 branded ball each for all participating teams, high premium special awards, such as MVP, Best goalkeeper etc which was presented to players who distinguished themselves at the final, high premium medals was also given to teams. 

Further more, all the 16 games was streamed live and each of the teams that participated were given N60,000, while each of the coaches also went home with N20,000 each. 

In an highly pulsating finals on sunday in Abuja, which was graced by top football administrators such as the Chairperson of the NWFL, Aisha Falode, NFF second Vice-president and LMC Chairperson Mallam Shehu Dikko, the Parents of the late Nigeria first ever female helicopter combat pilot, Tolulope Arotile, Mr and Mrs Akintunde Arotile and lots more has Bayelsa Queens pipped Nasarawa Amazons by a lone goal, scored by Olaiya Barakat in the 16th minute. 

Speaking after the event, the founder of Ratels Sports Foundation and President of Naija Ratels Foot all Club, Barrister Paul Edeh thanked everyone that made the competition a success and also stated that the competition was primarily named after the late Tolulope Arotile who lived an exemplary life and thus rose to become the first female helicopter combat pilot, a feat that is priceless and difficult to come by. 

He further went to say; " The tournament is now an annual event and will continue to be named after her, as a a way of immortalizing the young flying officer whose life and time embodies the spirit of sportsmanship which made it possible for her to set the pace for other aspiring women to join the ranks of Flying Officers in the Nigerian Airforce. Edeh said. 

Also the Chairperson of the NWFL, Aisha Falode, hailed the organisers for pulling out a perfect competition and want them to continue with the success story. 

" This is unprecedented, I am really impressed and hope this will even be better in the coming years. We endorsed this competition because we believe in the ability of Barrister Paul Edeh. His love and passion for the women's game is great.

Mr Akintunde Arotile, Father of the deceased Flying Officer, who was emotional and also grateful to Ratels Sports Foundation for honouring his daughter, described her as a special, talented and brave child. Mr. Arotile went on to say his daughter was a very religious person, who loved to cater for the welfare of the less privileged girl child.

The next edition of the Flying Officers Cup will be held in Benin City, the capital of Edo state in August 2021.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Flying Officers Cup 2020: Ali, Alani, Jerry Named In Best XI

 Flying Officers Cup 2020: Ali, Alani, Jerry Named In Best XI. 

Following sunday's conclusion of the 2020 edition of the Flying Officers Cup, staged at the Guards Brigade Stadium, Abuja.

Four Bayelsa Queens players, one each from Confluence Queens, Royal Queens and Nasarawa Amazons, while two each representing Naija Ratels and Edo Queens made the official Flying Officers Cup 2020 team of the tournament. .

The team was selected by a 5- strong panel of  technical study group, led by Oluchi Tobe-chukwu, which also included some top women football journalists. The technical observers made their choices based on various criteria, which had been outlined before the tournament.

1. Onyinyechi Okeke, (Bayelsa Queens)

Okeke was arguably player of the match in the final against Nasarawa Amazons, capping off a marvelous tournament between the sticks for the 'Restoration Girls'. It was hard to blame her for any of the goals the champions conceded. The former Edo Queens Goalie brought a claiming presence to her team's backline. 

2. Alani Jumoke (Edo Queens)

Jumoke was quietly effective at right-back for the Obaseki girls. The former Jokodolu Babes defender showed great energy in getting up and down the flank and also made some timely tackles and interceptions at the back and even scored an important goal against Naija Ratels. Her major contender in this position is Naija Ratels Aishat Animashaun, who was also fantastic all through the competition. 

3. Uzoamka Igwe (Bayelsa Queens). 

Uzoamka played with intelligence and maturity that is usually associated with players of her calibre. She did so well from her left full back position and initiated some of Bayelsa Queens goals. 

4. Chioma Oliseh (Royal Queens).

The young forward was terrific and was the engine room of her team, breaking up opposition attacks and starting her team's own with some fine all round displays. Though her side narrowly lost out of semi-final, Oliseh was superb even without captain Osas Enoma. She scored two goals from her position, one from a corner kick against Kaduna Queens, the other a fantastic free-kick against Edo Queens.

5. Paulina Ali (Naija Ratels FC)

It does feel right to label Naija Ratels a surprise package, but Ratels certainly exceeded all expectations at the Flying Officers Cup. Ali was solid and resolute at the back and helped her side concede less than any side in the competition. 

6. Abidemi Ibe (Bayelsa Queens)

A top class centre half, Ibe was too strong for most opposing attackers. The former Ibom Angels defender marshalled the Restoration Ladies backline brilliantly, with her reading of the game particularly impressive. 

7. Joy Jerry (Bayelsa Queens)

 Voted player of the the tournament, her decisive contributions in front of goal and her high work rate from all part of the pitch ensured Bayelsa Queens had a clinical edge to go with their solid foundation. She was practically everywhere on the pitch and was a great leader too. 

8. Aminat Bello (Naija Ratels)

She had a great partnership upfront with jolly friend Grace Obi and was involved in general play, conjuring and contributing to match winning moments as Olowookere Bankole's ladies made it all the way to the semi-finals.  

9. Joy Omewa (Confluence Queens)

She scored six goals to emerge top scorer, including the famous five goals against Honey Badgers FC. 

Though her side failed to make it past the first round, her influence on the pitch was top-notch and her goals gave her team a good record in the competition. 

10. Osas Igbinovia (Edo Queens)

The Super Falcons midfielder was brilliant in every match she played, helping Edo Queens control possession and demonstrating a useful ability to continually identify and execute the right pass at the right moment. 

11. Chiemere Opara (Nasarawa Amazons)

After a lengthy hiatus from football, because of a career threatening injury, Cheimere Opara scored two important goals for her side, to ensure they got to the final of the Flying Officers Cup. The diminutive forward gave the Christopher Danjuma side a lot of life upfront.

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