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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Ratels Sports Foundation Partners MGGN Through Mini Women Football Championship

 Ratels Sports Foundation Partners MGGN Through Mini Women Football Championship.




Ratels Sports Foundation has partnered with the organisers of the Most Gorgeous Girl Nigeria (MGGN) to host a mini Women Football tournament commemorating the first edition of the beauty pageant which will hold in Abuja.


The Chief Executive Officer of The Most Gorgeous Girl Nigeria (MGGN), Grace Ene disclosed this on Monday during a world press conference in Abuja to flag off the maiden edition of the National beauty pageant. 


Miss Ene noted that Ratel Sports Foundation, founded by Legal Luminary, Barrister Paul Edeh has agreed to partner with the initiative through the Mini Football tournament in Abuja, which will in turn bring more awareness and hope for the girl-child. 


"We are glad about this initiative and partnering with one of the leading Sports Foundation in the country, Ratels Sports Development Foundation. 


"Through this event, we have been able to share the belief that the girl-child deserve more in our community and with Ratels Sports Development Foundation coming to support us with the Mini Women Football tournament, we are hopeful that it will create more love and awareness across all quarters. 


Reacting, the Chairman and founder of Ratels Sports Development Foundation, Barrister Paul Edeh disclosed that the love for the girl-child prompt his organisation to support the beauty pageant and mini Women Football tournament. 


"The girl-child deserve all the love and affection from people around them. They deserve to be confident and believe in themselves. 


"MGGN is an opportunity to demonstrate at a National and Global level that there are no intercultural barriers. It promises to bring people together from all the nooks and crannies of this country and beyond. 


"We hope our partnership with the organisers of the MGGN will help raise a formidable voice for the girl-child and make a meaningful impact in their lives." He concluded. 


The Most Gorgeous Girl Nigeria (MGGN) is a celebration of youth and empowerment, an important way to convey the true meaning of beauty and the empowerment of all women and girl-child.

"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.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Naija Ratels FC Congratulates Rivers Angels On 7th NWFL Premiership Title Win

 Naija Ratels FC Congratulates Rivers Angels On 7th NWFL Premiership Title Win.





Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Championship side, Naija Ratels FC has sent a congratulatory message to the 2021 NWFL Premiership Champions Rivers Angels on their recent success at the just concluded NWFL Premiership Super 6 held at the Otunba Dipo Dina international Stadium, Ijebu-ode. 


The 'Jewels of Rivers secured their 7th league title on Sunday after recording three victories and two draws in the NWFL Premiership Super 6. Three 4-0 wins over Bayelsa Queens, Edo Queens and Sunshine Queens and two draws against FC Robo Queens and Delta Queens ensured they won the title consecutively. 


Naija Ratels Boss, Barrister Paul Edeh in a congratulatory message he personally signed, commended the club for the feat, nothing such success came through extreme hardwork and determination.


"I want to specifically say that Rivers Angels deserved the league title just as every other team that participated at the Super 6. 


"They have been very consistent and am not surprised that they showed more determination after drawing their first two games.



"On behalf of everyone at Naija Ratels, I heartily congratulate the League Champions and encourage them to be a good representative of the country in the WAFU Zone B Qualifiers and the Champions League proper later in the year."


Rivers Angels have won the league title 7 times. 1994, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2021. They will represent Nigeria at the maiden edition of the CAF Women Champions League, with the WAFU Zone B Qualifiers, which will take place in Ivory Coast in June 2021.

Monday, April 12, 2021

NWFL Nationwide: Honey Badgers Battle Osklean Ladies, As Prince Kazeem Eletu FC Face Danaz Queens

 NWFL Nationwide: Honey Badgers Battle Osklean Ladies, As Prince Kazeem Eletu FC Face Danaz Queens.



Honey Badgers FC will start their 2021 Nationwide season against Osklean Ladies FC as the draws for the third tier league of the NWFL was made on Sunday in Ijebu Ode and Abuja respectively. 


Else where in opening round ties, scheduled for Monday at the Aguiyi Ironsi Sports Complex, Abuja, Abruka Queens will face Beautiful Tours FC, while 9ineteen Damsels FC and Niger Amazons FC will start the campaign on tuesday by 2pm. Fortress Queens and Crystal Stars FC plays by 4pm on the same day.  


At the Ijebu Ode Centre, Prince Kazeem Eletu and Dannaz Ladies will start the campaign by 11am, Royaltoms International will battle it out with Unification Ladies at the same time in Pitch 2. 


By 1pm, Lakeside Queens and FC Phoenix first round games will kick off, while Papa Soccer Angels and Moje Queens will play in pitch 2 at the same time. 


The game between Oasis Ladies and Aseyori Ladies will kick off by 3pm, while Omidiran Babes and Ekiti Queens also play at the same time. 


Abuja Centre


Monday, 12th Of April


Honey Badgers Vs Osklean Ladies FC 2pm


Abruka Queens Vs Beautiful Tour Ladies (4pm)


Tuesday, 13th Of April


9ineteen Damsels FC Vs Niger Amazons FC (2pm)


Fortress Queens Vs Crystal Stars FC (2pm)



Ijebu Ode Centre


11am


Pitch 1 – Prince Kazeem Eletu Queens vs Dannaz Ladies


Pitch 2 – Royaltoms International vs Unification FC


1pm

Pitch 1 – Lakeside Queens vs FC Phoenix


Pitch 2 – Papa Soccer Angels vs Moje Queens


3pm

Pitch 1 – Oasis Ladies vs Aseyori Queens


Pitch 2 – Omidiran Babes vs Ekiti Queens

Sunday, April 11, 2021

"We Won't Be Cajoled To End The League Abruptly" - Club Owners Fire Warning To NWFL

"We Won't Be Cajoled To End The League Abruptly" - Club Owners Fire Warning To NWFL



While the dust is gradually settling on the sudden change in the format of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) from straight format to abridged version, with the top six clubs on the log proceeding to the Super Six playoff, club owners have come with another twist to the whole drama by rejecting the idea to end the regular season after matchday 13.


In a 360 degree turn, the club owners who had earlier voted, in a virtual meeting with the league board for the super six and relegation play offs have rejected the decision and rather want the league to continue with match day 14 games.


This stems from the virtual meeting held by the club owners and managers on Friday, running through Saturday afternoon.



In the communique released by the club owners after the meeting, they want the season to continue with with the initial straight format and resume with Matchday 14 matches instead of going ahead with the Super Six and Survival Play-Offs.


They also proposed finalists at the last NWFL season should represent Nigeria in the CAF Women's Champions League zonal qualifiers, thus putting to rest the need to end the abruptly.


According to the club owners, since the league didn't end due to the need to meet up with next season's continental commitment, it was logical to hand the tickets to those who reached the final of the last NWFL women's play off in 2019.


It will be recalled that Rivers Angels pipped Confluence Queens 1-0 at the 2019 playoffs final in Lagos.


The owners also elected to have no relegation of teams, rather proposed for the restoration of the league to its original 16-team format of which two promoted teams will complete the number if no teams are relegated.


This is due to the fact that Heartland Queens and Adamawa Queens were expelled by the NWFL due to non compliance with club licensing.


According to feelers from the meeting, only three clubs disagreed with decision of the Club Owners.


The NWFL Super Six is scheduled to hold in Ijebu Ode starting from the 19th of April, 2021 of which the winner will be crowned the league champions and qualify automatically for the CAF Women's Champions League while the runner up will proceed to the WAFU Zonal qualifiers scheduled for May.



Bayelsa Queens, Delta Queens, Rivers Angels, Edo Queens, FC Robo Queens and Sunshine Queens have qualified for the Super Six.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Bayelsa Queens Forward Wins NWFL Premiership Player Of The Month Of February

Bayelsa Queens forward Reuben Charity and Rivers Angels Manager Edwin Okon have been named NWFL Premiership Player and Manager For February respectively by the Naija Women Football League Awards.



Both Reuben and Okon will be taking home the award for the first time since the monthly award began three seasons ago. 


The former Ibom Angels forward scored two late goals each in the game against Edo Queens and Abia Angels to earn her side maximum points in the two games. 



Reuben scored a brace as Bayelsa Queens battled to defeat hard-fighting neighbours Edo Queens at the Samson Siasia Stadium, and netted her third goal in February as they got an important away win against Abia Angels in Umuahia. 


Okon, meanwhile had a 100% record in the month of February, winning all his three games, which included two victories away from home.





The 'Jewel of Rivers' got maximum points in Uyo and Calabar as they defeated both Ibom Angels and Pelican Stars on their homegrounds.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Nominees For NWFL Premiership Player And Manager Of February Revealed

 Nominees For NWFL Premiership Player And Manager Of February Revealed. 



The Naija Women Football League Awards have revealed nominees for the Player and Manager of the month award for February with Edo Queen's Elizabeth Zirike and Bayelsa Queen's Charity Reuben among the contenders for the first gong of 2021 following the suspension of the league in January due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Other nominees for player of the month awards include Adejoke Ejalonibu who had a great month of February, scoring important goals for the Christopher Danjuma's tutored side and Damilola Koku, whose high work rate upfront and goals helped Rivers Angels remain second in the month of February. 


Charity Reuben and Elizabeth Zirike both netted thrice in February with both scoring a brace each when Bayelsa Queens and Edo Queens met at the Samson Siasia Stadium on match-day 6. 


In the Manager's category, Delta Queens David Ochei, Bayelsa Queens Moses Aduku, who won the Naija Women Football League manager of December and Rivers Angels Edwin Okon all made the shortlist for February Manager of the month Award. 



Edwin Okon whose side won all their three matches in the month of February, including two away victories against Ibom Angels and Pelican Stars respectively. 


Moses Aduku's side Bayelsa Queens won two and drew one in February, including a difficult home win against Edo Queens and an away win against Abia Angels. 


David Ochei's side Delta Queens won two and drew one in the month of February, a big win against Bayelsa Queens and FC Robo Queens at home and an away draw in Lokoja against Confluence Queens. 



FC Robo Queens forward Gift Monday and Bayelsa Queens Gaffer Moses Aduku swept up the December player and Manager of the Month Award respectively. 


The winners will be announced on Monday the 15th of March 2021.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Thunder Balogun' Legacy Continues With Granddaughter Who Plays For NWFL Side, Naija Ratels

Thunder Balogun' Legacy Continues With Granddaughter Who Plays For NWFL Side, Naija Ratels.




Meet Yetunde', Naija Ratels Gifted Striker Hoping To Follow In Grandfather's 'Thunder Balogun' Illustrious Footsteps


Meet Thunder Balogun's Gifted Granddaughter Yetunde' Who Plays As A Striker For NWFL Side, Naija Ratels.


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.

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 15, 2021

Fakunle, Agams, Aderemi Lead In NWFL Premiership Team Of Week 5

Fakunle, Agams, Aderemi Lead In NWFL Premiership Team Of Week 5



The NWFL Premiership resumed last Wednesday with a series of entertaining clashes across the country, with a hugely anticipated South-south derby between Delta Queens and Bayelsa Queens ending 1-0 in favour of the Okowa Ladies. 


Elsewhere, Sunshine Queens defeated Abia Angels in Umuahia, whilst Confluence Queens beat FC Robo Queens.


It's that time of the week again where we compile our best XI from the mid-week's action. Here is thenwfl.com team of week 5.


Nelly Ekeh (Goalkeeper, Sunshine Queens)


Torned between Ekeh Nelly of Sunshine Queens and Ibubuleye Whyte of Rivers Angels, both keepers handled the occasion well and we're exceptional. However Ekeh got an edge and deserved to be the goalkeeper for week 5.


Sunshine Queens got a win in Umuahia against Abia Angels and the Flamingoes goalkeeper was one of the reasons the 'Betty Babes' secured all three points.


Jumoke Alani (Right Full-back, Edo Queens).


A modern day right full-back, Alani was all round, intercepting play from the Nasarawa Amazons attackers. She completed a lot of passes and was quick to attack and defend from the flank. 


Uzoamaka Igwe (Left Full-back, Bayelsa Queens)


Despite her side losing in this encounter, Chiamaka was superb and saved her side a couple of times. This is her second time making the team of the week. 


Mary Aderemi (Defensive Midfield, Osun Babes)


The former Sunshine Queens Midfielder produced a fine performance as the Omoluabi Queens engine room, providing a display of typical energy and dynamism. 


She set the tempo for her team with her pressing play as they largely dominate the midfield battle against a very busy determined Dreamstar Ladies. 


Happiness Titus (Centre-back, Confluence Queens)


The Confluence Queens player was solid defensively and gave an impressive outing against FC Robo Queens, marshalling her side's defence in absence of Alexandria Florence, who fell ill over the week. 


She was always there to protect her side from conceding and thus deserves a place in the best eleven for week 5. 


Ugo Njoku (Centre-back, Rivers Angels). 


The Super Falcons defender had a solid game and was a major boost for Rivers Angels as they got a victory against Ibom Angels in Uyo. 


The big defender partnered well with Amaechi Ojini to earn their side a perfect win.


Peace Abbey (Right Wing, Delta Queens)


Peace Abbey was called upon and did fantastically well against Bayelsa Queens. She was visibly seen all around the place and helped the 'Okowa Ladies' secure a hard-fought victory over Bayelsa Queens. 


Maryann Ezeanagu (Left-wing, Rivers Angels)


The former Delta Queens winger individual effort was superb, she manoeuvred past a succession of Ibom Angels players, capping a strong showing. 



Agams Nkechi (Forward, Confluence Queens).


Two goals in her last two matches means that the former Osun Babes forward has become a peripheral figure for 'The New Direction' under Whyte Ogbonda this season. Her performance is surely pushing her case for more regular involvement in Ogbonda's side.



Chiamaka Okwuchukwu (Midfield, Royal Queens)


Royal Queens have proven they have the firepower to trouble any side in the league and Chiamaka Okwuchukwu hs shown what she can do week in week out. She was outstanding in Calabar and scored the equaliser for her side to level. 


Seun Fakunle (Forward, Sunshine Queens)


She has been a key figure for her side this season, scoring some important goals and the latest was the lone goal in Umuahia against Abia Angels. She worked hard all through the game and engaged her self in most of the attacks, which finally earned her a goal.

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, 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.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Gift Monday Receives NWFL Premiership Player Of The Month Award

 Gift Monday Receives NWFL Premiership Player Of The Month Award. 



FC Robo Queens forward Gift Monday has received her NWFL Premiership December Player of the month award at the Legacy Football Pitch on Wednesday afternoon. 


The former C.O.D Ladies striker was presented with the award just before the week 4 game between FC Robo Queens and Pelican Stars which ended 5-1 in favour of the 'Lagos Landladies'. 


Monday gained 60% of the votes from women football experts and became the first recipient of the prestigious award in the 2021 season of the NWFL Premiership. 


Speaking after receiving the award, the Super Falcons player was grateful to her teammates and manager for giving her the support needed. 



" This award means alot to me and my career. I am grateful to God almighty and of course my teammates who gave me all the supports needed to succeed. 


"The technical crew, backroom staff and all supporters of FC Robo Queens for pushing the team towards greatness always."


Monday Gift and Bayelsa Queens Manager Moses Aduku both won the NWFL Premiership player and manager of the month of December.

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

NWFL Premiership Week 4 Preview: Team News, Analysis, Stats And Players To Watch

 NWFL Premiership Week 4 Preview: Team News, Analysis, Stats And Players To Watch.



NWFL Premiership returns to action this wednesday following the Christmas break with several sides hoping the fortnight's inactivity could change their fortunes, while others will be hoping the few days off would have done nothing to interrupt their form.


Seven Matches will be played across seven centres on Wednesday.


Leaders Bayelsa Queens will be at home to Confluence Queens, while Nasarawa Amazons faces Delta Queens in a must win encounter, Sunshine Queens welcomes second placed Edo Queens to Akure, Abia Angels travels to Porthacourt to face defending Champions Rivers Angels.


In Warri, Royal Queens will be hoping to record their second victory at home this season, DreamStar Ladies have another tough test in Ibom Angels at the Agege Township Stadium, while Pelican Stars of Calabar will battle FC Robo Queens in Lagos. 


The action is incessant and persistent. Here is a short preview of the 2021 NWFL Premiership week 4 from www.thenwfl.com.




Rivers Angels 🆚 Abia Angels (Adokiye Anesiemaka Stadium)


Rivers Angels have recorded two away draws in their last three matches and will welcome Abia Angels on Wednesday. 


Abia Angels have won two games, losing only narrowly to Royal Queens in Warri two weeks ago. 


Rivers Angels Manager Edwin Okon knows how important it is to get their second victory at home as they target qualification for the Champions League. 


Maryann Ezeanagu, Vivian Ikechukwu, Brume Ikhekua and Damilola Koku, Christopher Precious are all available for selection upfront. 



#Nasarawa Amazons 🆚 Delta Queens. (Lafia City Stadium)


A must win game for Nasarawa Amazons, having lost their first three games in December. 


Christopher Danjuma is expectant same as the teeming fans of the 'Solid Babes' as they have a date to keep with  Delta Queens on Wednesday evening. 


One goal in three matches compared to Delta Queens seven goals in three, shows that Nasarawa Amazons have alot of work to do against the 'Okowa Ladies' at the Lafia City Stadium. 


Experienced Kafayat Ajani is back to the squad after some time out, Adejoke Ejalonibu, Amarachi Okoronkwo, Dooshima Tarnum and others are all available for this encounter.




#Bayelsa Queens 🆚 Confluence Queens (Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa)


Will Bayelsa Queens make it four wins in four games after Wednesday's encounter with Confluence Queens? That is the question in every lips of the NWFL Premiership followers. 


Confluence Queens under Whyte Ogbonda are seen as a team that can spring out surprises when least expected. Moses Aduku and his girls are confident and are raring to go into the game o Wednesday. In-form Anjor Mary, Joy Jerry, Ruben Charity will be looking at extending their unbeaten run in the league.



#DreamStar Ladies 🆚 Ibom Angels. (Agege Township Stadium)


Heading into Wednesday game, Coach Anya Ugochi must be thinking about getting her first victory of the season as she faces Ibom Angels on Wednesday at the Agege Township Stadium. 


Both teams didn't start the season on a good note and Moruf Adeyemo must be aiming at getting a positive result against the 'Galaticas'. 


Ayatsea Hembafen, Anuoluwapo Salisu, Juliet Iroele and others will have to work hard to win against the very determined 'Orange Ladies'.



#Royal Queens 🆚 Osun Babes (Warri Township Stadium)


Coach Yinka Adunola has spoken of the importance of keeping the momentum generated against Pelican Stars ahead of the tie in Warri against Royal Queens.


Royal Queens are a very difficult team to beat and Coach Paul Mene will be in the dugout without his faifhful assistant Ifunanya Patricia who controversially resigned from her position some days ago. 


Both sides play free-flow attacking football and create alot of chances on the flanks. Yemisi Samuel, Habibat Agbaji, Sarah Iloduba and others will be hoping for a great result in Delta, while Bukola Oni, Chioma Olise, Chika Idika, Rosemary Adesina will all want a comprehensive victory against the Omoluabi Queens.



#Sunshine Queens 🆚 Edo Queens (Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure)


A big test for Rollandson Odeh and his players.  Sunshine Queens hardly lose at home and thus have a good team and an experienced Manager in Wemimo Matthew.


Odeh leads his players to their second away game this season and it's against a side well known for their superb style of play. 


Elizabeth Zirike and Sandra Chichi will be going back to Akure, where the fans still cherish them, having dorned the Orange jersey of Sunshine Queens in the past. 


Patricia Innocent, Seun Fakunle, Goodness Ihuoma and others will be seeking for nothing but victory when the battle gets off on Wednesday.




#FC Robo Queens 🆚 Pelican Stars (Legacy Football Pitch, National Stadium, Surulere)


Osahon Emmanuel is a manager who has a great connection with his players on the pitch of play. The charismatic coach will be playing against a Pelican Stars team who lost 3-0 to Osun Babes in December. 


Charismatic captain Gift Monday scored a hat-trick in their last home game against Osun Babes, the December player of the month will be hoping to increase her goal tally on Wednesday. 


Pelican Stars have some experienced players in their Squad, Chinenye Okafor, Gladys Abasi, Hannah Amos, Love Okon and a host of others will be optimistic in picking a positive result in Lagos.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Nominees For December NWFL Premiership Manager & Player Of The Month Award Revealed

 Nominees For December NWFL Premiership Manager & Player Of The Month Award Revealed.



FC Robo Queens star Monday Gift and Osun Babes forward Yemisi Samuel lead the nominees for the December NWFL Premiership player of the month award announced on tuesday, the 29th of December 2020.


Gift Monday produced a stunning month for the 'Lagos Landladies' as she scored the first hat-trick of the season and also was crucial to her team's 1-0 away win to Nasarawa Amazons. 


Another nominee for the award is Osun Babes forward Yemisi Samuel who scored a brace in her team's 3-0 win over Pelican Stars in Osogbo, the former Sunshine Queens player also scored her team's lone goal in Uyo against Ibom Angels in week one.



Delta Queens striker Dominance Odubanjo is another favourite to land the player of the month award. The former Taraba Queens forward also scored a brace against Dreamstar Ladies in Agbor, with another beautiful display and a goal against Rivers Angels in week 2. 


Other nominees are Bayelsa Queens defender  Abidemi Ibe who was a rock at the back of the 'Restoration Girls' defence and was also instrumental to her side recording three Victories in three matches in the month of December. 


Edo Queens defender Jumoke Alani sums up the five nominees for the player of the month award. The young defender was consistent in the 'Obaseki Girls' three games, winning two and drawing one against Rivers Angels.


Manager Of The Month Of December. 


Five managers were nominated for the NWFL Premiership manager of the month award for December. 


Nominees are Yinka Adunola who got off with two wins out of three, including a victory in Uyo against Ibom Angels and a big win at home against Pelican Stars in week three. Another favourite is Rollandson Odeh who recorded  two wins and a draw in three matches. 



Others are Moses Aduku, who propelled his team to winning three games out of three in the month of December. Edwin Okon for drawing two difficult away games and winning hugely against Delta Queens, Osahon Emmanuel for guiding his side to a 1-0 victory against Nasarawa Amazons in Lafia and a big win against Osun Babes in Lagos.


The winners will be announced on the 4th of January 2021.

Friday, December 25, 2020

NWFL Premiership Week Three Review, Goalscorers, Photos And More

 NWFL Premiership Week Three Review, Goalscorers, Photos And More. 





It was another thrilling mid-week as matchday three games of the NWFL Premiership kicked off, with teams playing their third round of fixtures across seven centres. 


The week three games was exciting even though there were not as many goals as the preceding week. Still there were alot of talking points and amazing results and more. 


www.thenwfl.com did a quick review on how Game week 3 went down.


#Ibom Angels 2 Royal Queens 1 ( Mercy Itimi 27' , Chika Idika 39' , Blessing Nkor 78')


Ibom Angels recorded their first victory of the season with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Royal Queens.


Mercy Itimi opened scoring in the 27th minute before striker Chika Idika equalised for the 'Candian Geese'. 



Blessing Nkor gave the 'Orange Ladies' the needed victory when she scored from a goalmouth scramble situation in the 78th minute. 


The win ensured that the Moruf Adeyemo side ended the year with four points from three games, while Royal Queens ended up with three points from three games.



#Bayelsa Queens 1 FC Robo Queens 0 (Charity Reuben 53"). 


Charity Reuben scored her first goal of the season and it was against a very difficult side, FC Robo Queens. 


The 'Restoration Ladies' are on a good run, grabbing their 3rd straight in this season. Osahon Emmanuel's side had a couple of good chances in the first half, but wasted it and they got punished in the 53rd minutes through a superb effort from the lanky forward. The win has placed the Moses Aduku's side ended the year on top of the log. 



#Delta Queens 1 Sunshine Queens 0 (Amarachi Orjinma 52')


Former league topscorer Amarachi Orjinma's lone goal led to Delta Queens second victory of the season. Sunshine Queens gave a huge fight in the encounter but then defence line of Delta Queens were too strong for them and denied them some goalscoring chances. The win means Sunshine Queens have won just once and lost two away from home.  



#Osun Babes 3 Pelican Stars 0. (Yemisi Samuel 69' 85', Kafayat Bashiru 90+3')


The "Omoluabi Queens" ran riot against Pelican Stars. Two goals from Yemisi Samuel and a late penalty from Kafayat Bashiru put the 'Ayade' Ladies to the sword as they suffered their second defeat of the season. 


Pelican Stars did record some great chances in the encounter, but failed to convert, before Yemisi Samuel's header in the 69th minute gave the homeside the lead, before she doubled the lead with just five minutes of regulation time. Kafayat Bashiru scored late from the spot to give the Yinka Adunola's side a comfortable win and their second victory this season. 



#Abia Angels 2 Dreamstar Ladies 1 (Maxi Bisong 45' , Ayatsea Hembafen 79' Nmesoma Ibeh 84')


Dreamstar Ladies suffered their third loss of the season in a game they fought so hard to earn atleast a point in Umuahia. Camerounian international Maxi Bissong opened scoring for the homeside before former Adamawa Queens forward Ayatsea Hembafen equalised for the 'Galaticas'. Nmesoma Ibeh scored in the 84th minute to give the 'Angels from the East'  their second victory this season. 



#Confluence Queens 1 Nasarawa Amazons 0 (Winifred Eyebhoria 45" (p)).


Three defeats in three games puts Christopher Danjuma's side second bottom on the NWFL Premiership table. 



The woes of the 'Solid Babes' was compounded by the Whyte Ogbonda's side. Experienced midfielder Winifred Eyebhoria scored from the spot just some seconds before the end of the first half after Maureen Okpala had mishandled an effort side her 18yard box. The win means Confluence Queens now has four points from three games, while Nasarawa Amazons are left with no point after three games. 



#Edo Queens 1 Rivers Angels 1 ( Vivian Ikechukwu 79' Elizabeth Zirike 88'). 


It was night football in Benin and Edo Queens gave their all in a very pulsating encounter. Alot was expected from the home side but it was the visitors who scored first through Vivian Ikechukwu in the 79th minute. 


Former Sunshine Queens midfielder Elizabeth Zirike scored late in the 88th minute to give the homeside a point in the game.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

NWFL Premiership Week Three Preview: Anaylsis, Match Stats, Players To Watch And More

 NWFL Premiership Week Three Preview: Anaylsis, Match Stats, Players To Watch And More



It's the last round of action before the Christmas and New Year Holiday and another busy wednesday for women football lovers in Nigeria.


Early pacesetters Bayelsa Queens and FC Robo Queens will go head-to-head in week 3, with one or both dropping points from their earlier two wins. 


Edo Queens will host Rivers Angels at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, in what promises to be one of the biggest games of the third week. 



Nasarawa Amazons will be hoping to get back to winning ways after two home defeats when they face Confluence Queens in Lokoja, Whyte Ogbonda will be looking at compounding the woes of the 'Solid Babes' when they meet on wednesday. 


Osun Babes will host Pelican Stars at the Osogbo City Stadium, in what is their first home game of the season, while Sunshine Queens travel to Agbor to face Delta Queens. 


In pursuit of their first league victory under new Manager, Anya Ugochi, Dreamstar Ladies will battle with Abia Angels in Umuahia, while Ibom Angels welcome Warri side Royal Queens to the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.



#Bayelsa Queens 🆚 FC Robo Queens. 


Bayelsa Queens welcomes FC Robo Queens to the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa on Wednesday evening, in what promises to be a great encounter. Both teams have been excellent of late with back-to-back wins and both teams recorded victory in Lafia against Nasarawa Amazons. 


The 'Restoration Ladies' are very strong at home and this will be another great test for them, after a hardfought 2-1 victory against Sunshine Sunshine Queens on matchday one. 


Monday Gift, Taiwo Lawal, Rukayat Shobowale are the players Osahon Emmanuel will be counting on, while Moses Aduku will be hoping to see the best of Joy Jerry, Anjor Mary, Vincent Precious and the rest on Wednesday. 



#Confluence Queens 🆚 Nasarawa Amazons


Confluence Queens will lock horns with Nasarawa Amazons at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja. The 'Solid Babes' were beaten at home last Wednesday, for the second time this season.


They have conceded three goals at home and only managed to score once. Confluence Queens have only one point so far this season and will be hoping to add to their point against Nasarawa Amazons. They have also conceded three and only scored once. 


Adejoke Ejalonibu, Amarachi Okronkwo, Chiemere Opara are players Nasarawa Amazons will be counting on, while Confluence Queens trio of Joy Omewa, Adoo Yina, Glory Edet and others will be aiming to compound the woes of their opponent. 



#Delta Queens 🆚 Sunshine Queens


Delta Queens have conceded more goals than any team in the league this season. For them, they have scored 6 goals and conceded 7, meanwhile their opponent on wednesday have conceded twice and scored three times. 


The home team had an horrendous game lastweek against Rivers Angels and would be hoping they can redeem themselves infront of their home fans. High flying Dominance Odunbajo and Seun Fakunle of Sunshine Queens have been talking tough ahead of this encounter. 


#Edo Queens 🆚 Rivers Angels


This is a South-south derby. Two of the biggest clubsides in the country meets at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin on wednesday evening. Both haven't lost this season, Edo Queens have scored five goals and conceded just once, while highscoring side, Rivers Angels have scored 7 and conceded just three. Edo Queens will be eager to build on their away victory over Dreamstar Ladies in Lagos, while Rivers Angels will want to continue from where they stopped last Wednesday. 



#Abia Angels 🆚 Dreamstar Ladies


Abia Angels will be playing against a more confident DreamStar Ladies side, as stated by Club Chairman, Abdulrahman Abolore.


The 'Galaticas' have lost their two opening games and have been disappointing infront of goal, scoring just once in their last two encounters. Abia Angels lost narrowly to Royal Queens on Wednesday and will be counting on a victory against Dreamstar Ladies on matchday three. 




#Osun Babes 🆚 Pelican Stars


League football will be returning to the Osogbo City Stadium, for the first time in almost a year and the 'Omoluabi Queens' will go into this encounter with the hope of adding to the three point garnered in Uyo on matchday one.


Pelican Stars knows that they have to start picking points early in the league, as they have been able to get only a point in two matches. Edat Egan and his ladies will be aiming to silent the Osogbo fans with a favourable result. The two teams have full squad of players to pick from. It's promises to be an interesting encounter. 

  


#Ibom Angels 🆚 Royal Queens.


Ibom Angels will be keen to put their poor start behind them and face a tough challenge against the young girls from Warri. 


The 'Canadian Geese' have proven they can win games after their hard-fought 1-0 victory over Abia Angels last week. They have 3 points while their opponent on Wednesday have only a point, which makes it neccesary for the Moruf Adeyemo side to want valuable points against Royal Queens.

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