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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Top European Sports Brand 'Masita' Confirms Support For Flying Officers Cup

Top European Sports Brand 'Masita' Confirms Support For Flying Officers Cup




One of Europe's biggest Sports Equipment brand, Masita on Monday in far-away Holland gave it's backing to the biggest Women Football Pre-season Championship in Africa, the Flying Officers Cup.


The Dutch Sportswear brand stamped their endorsement on the Women's Pre-season Championship when the President of Ratels Sports Development Foundation (RSDF) President, Barrister Paul Edeh was received at their head office in Mastritch, Holland on Monday.


Masita was founded in 1933 by the Mass family from Sittard and focus mainly on the trade and processing of sportswear, kitting clubs like Fortuna Sittard, Guinea National Team, Kiyovu Sports Rwanda, Mees Palace Football Academy Jos, Namungo Tanzania, KMV Tanzania, Wakriya Guinea and the many more.


While receiving Barrister Paul Edeh, the Chief Executive Officer of the top European Sportswear, Kurt Molin was full of praises for Edeh, who he said has invested massively into the growth of women's football in Nigeria and Africa. The top executive further went on to say that a partnership deal between Masita and Ratels Sports Development Foundation is on the verge of getting sealed. 



"We are thrilled to enter into a relationship with Ratels Sports Development Foundation and Naija Ratels, a promising and ambitious Club and we hope that this strategic partnership allows us to work closely with the club as they enter into this next phase . 


"We have read a lot about what Ratels Sports Development Foundation are doing with women football in Nigeria and are proud to receive the President of the Foundation, Barrister Paul Edeh to our head office here in Holland.


"We are highly satisfied with all these achievements and are ready to partner with the foundation on their numerous programmes including the upcoming Flying Officers Cup.  



"Masita look forward to a great partnership and also confident that we can always get the best from this agreement. 


"We are proud to be kit sponsor of the club in the forthcoming Women's League season in Nigeria."


Also in the meeting in Holland was Former Super Eagles and South Korea Men National team Head Coach, Bonfrere Joe, who described Barrister Paul Edeh as a man who should be emulated by many in the Football Cycle in Nigeria and Africa. 


Bonfrere Joe who was pioneer Technical Adviser of the Super Falcons, leading them to their first ever FIFA Women World Cup in China (1991), inspiring players like Ann Chiejine, Uche Eucharia, Marvis Ogun, Chioma Ajunwa and many more to greatness later on in their career expressed his happiness with  the project of Ratels Sports Development Foundation.


"It is a huge achievement from my brother, Barrister Paul Edeh. We need more of this to develop women's football in Africa and am impressed with what we have been able to see from the last two editions. 


"I would like to inform you that what you are doing is unprecedented and that's the reason I am giving my full support to this competition and am sure it would go a long way to help get women's football to it's right position in Africa and the world as a whole.



"I'm very hopeful and optimistic that this partnership with Masita is one of many partnerships that would be sealed by your foundation." 

He also hinted that he will be in Nigeria in the coming weeks for the 25th anniversary celebration of the Olympic Gold Medal won by  Nigeria. 


Also reacting, Mr Emmanuel Adukwu, the CEO of Mees Palace Football Academy, Jos who brokered the deal heaped praises on the Sports Brand that has continued to support teams in Africa. 


"The Masita brand offers the biggest opportunity to the growing sports market in Nigeria and Africa at large

producing the highest quality sports equipment at the most affordable prices known for durability as well. I am happy that more teams are deciding to come on board the Masita partnership especially the Ratels Sports Development Foundation". Adukwu noted.  


He further listed technical assistance to the Various teams kitted by Masita through their coaches exchange program as a variable benefit no Nigerian sports club can afford to Ignore.


Ratels Sports Development Foundation (RSDF) Boss, Barrister Paul Edeh thanked the Chief Executive Officer of Masita Sportswear for giving them the chance to seal a partnership with  them, He also hailed former Super Eagles Coach Bonfrere Joe for lending his hand of support to the Flying Officers Cup, promising him that his Foundation will do all that is possible to continue pushing for a better future for the girl-child. 


"Today's announcement with Masita represents a landmark day for Ratels Sports Development Foundation and Naija Ratels Football Club's commercial strategy as we continue to attract new global brands to our projects. 


"My visit to Europe is to seal partnership deals and develop the various programmes of the Ratels Sports Development Foundation, as we  get prepared and ready to host the best and the biggest Women Football Pre-season Championship next month. 


"We are glad with this kind of support and partnership gotten from 'Masita' which is well known world wide as one of the top sports clothing company. We will also  work and ensure that we get positives from this agreement. 


I also want to thank Mr. Emmanuel Adukwu, who is Nigeria representative of the brand 'Masita' and also the veteran Football Coach, Bonfrere Joe, who is a man that I have always admired even before he led Nigeria to their first ever Gold medal at the Football event in the Olympics. He is technically sound and have always been a winner. 




Ratels Sports Development Foundation is the brain child of Legal Luminary, Barrister Paul Edeh and have been given various supports to the girl-child through Sports and Education.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Flying Officers Cup 2021: NFF Endorses Prestigious Women Football Pre-season Tournament

Nigeria's Football Governing Body, The NFF has officially endorsed the third edition of the prestigious Flying Officers Cup billed to hold next month in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. 



The Federation gave her  backing to the biggest Women Football Pre-season Tournament in Africa, through a letter signed by NFF Technical Director Austin Eguaveon on behalf of the General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi. 


In the letter of endorsement, Sanusi wrote: "We express the warm compliment of the President, Executive Board Members, Management and Staff of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). 


"We hereby give you approval and thereby endorse the laudable competition by your Organization, Ratels Sports Development Foundation. 


He further commended the Flying Officers Cup Organisers for their efforts and commitment to the development of  women football in Nigeria. 


"We are aware of your efforts in always helping the Girl-child and your deep commitment to develop the women's game in the country. 


"We however have to reiterate that at every stage of the Competition, the Technical department of the Nigeria Football Federation must be carried along. 


In her reaction to the competition's endorsement, the General Coordinator of the 2021 Flying Officers Cup, Dr. Victoria Nlemigbo Esq  thanked the President, NFF General Secretary, the entire board and staff of the Federation for their unalloyed support for the competition and for Ratel Sports Development Foundation in general. 


"Getting the NFF's support for the Flying Officers Cup is very key and fundamental. This shows the work that the planning committee has put in place and continues to put in place to make the Competition a huge success. 


"So far, sixteen teams have already expressed and committed to participate in the competition and we are looking forward to hosting them in this epic and expected  perfect Tournament.


Also speaking, the President of Ratels Sports Development Foundation, the major sponsors of the Pre-season Championship noted that the official endorsement from the Nigeria Football Federation, which is the body in charge of football competitions and activities in Nigeria, further shows that the competition will be bigger and better this year. 


The Sports Philanthropist further charged everyone involved with the planning of the Pre-season Championship to keep all hands in deck to ensure a very successful outing.


"We are proud of what we have been able to achieve so far and with supports from the NFF, NWFL and all Clubsides involved, we are sure and optimistic that the Competition will be a very good one. In the coming days, we shall be rolling out more plans about the Flying Officers Cup. I want to appreciate the NFF and the NWFL for their moral and technical supports." He Concluded. 


The Flying Officers Cup is the biggest Women Football Pre-season Championship in Africa with Edo Queens and Bayelsa Queens emerging winners in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Flying Officers Cup Will Give Hasaacas Ladies Perfect Preparation For TotalEnergies CAFWCL- Batigi

Flying Officers Cup Will Give Hasaacas Ladies Perfect Preparation For TotalEnergies CAFWCL- Batigi.




Hasaacas Ladies Head Coach, Yusif Batigi believes the Flying Officers Cup Will give his side the perfect preparation ahead of their TotalEnergies CAF Women Champions League Campaign in Egypt later this year. 


The CAFWCL (WAFU 'B') Champions will battle for supremacy with some of the top teams in Nigeria when the Flying Officers Cup kick-start on October 10th at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.


The Ladies from Takoradi would go into the Pre-season Championship, hoping to continue from where they stopped, having won three trophies, The League title, The Ghanaian Women F.A Cup and the CAFWCL WAFU 'B' Qualifiers Cup in Ivory coast some weeks ago.



The experienced Gaffer, who is also the Head Coach of the Ghanaian Women U-20 Side, the Black Princesses said he is confident that his team will do well and also use the biggest Women Football Pre-season Championship to prepare for the challenges ahead. 


"We are getting prepared for the Flying Officers Cup in Nigeria." Batigi said from his base in Takoradi.



"This is the first time we are getting an invitation for a Club side Pre-season Championship. This is unprecedented and we can't wait to be in Nigeria and play in a different environment. 


"Our aim is to do well in the tournament, because if we do well, it's going to breed our confidence and propel us for the TotalEnergies CAF Women Champions League in Egypt and also the start of the new season in Ghana. 


The experienced Gaffer continue "Success builds momentum, which we are hoping to take to Egypt. We need to keep fit, stay together as a team and try to achieve more success. 


This year's edition of the Flying Officers Cup is the third edition and will see sixteen teams from Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic compete for prize and honour in Abuja from October 10th to 24th.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Flying Officers Cup 2021: Hasaacas Ladies, Rivers Angels, Bayelsa Queens, Nasarawa Amazons and 10 Others Confirm Participation

 Flying Officers Cup 2021: Hasaacas Ladies, Rivers Angels, Bayelsa Queens, Nasarawa Amazons and 10 Others Confirm Participation.



Rivers Angels, Hasaacas Ladies, Bayelsa Queens, Nasarawa Amazons and 10 Others Register To Participate In Prestigious Flying Officers Cup.


Flying Officers Cup 2021: Ghanaian Champion Hasaacas Ladies, Rivers Angels, Bayelsa Queens, Nasarawa Amazons,10 Others To Participate. 



WAFU B TotalEnergies CAF WCL qualifiers Champions, Hasaacas Ladies of Ghana, NWFL Premiership Champions, Rivers Angels, AITEO Cup winners, Bayelsa Queens, 2020 Flying Officers Cup Finalist, Nasarawa Amazons and Ten other top Women Football sides  have committed to participate in the third edition of the biggest Women Pre-season Tournament in Africa, the Flying Officer's Cup. It is expected to light up  the FCT, Abuja, Nigeria.


The Tournament which is dedicated to honouring the memory and lifetime of late pace setter, Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile whose unfortunate death occurred in 2020 has continued to impact the women football sphere in Nigeria and prepared teams for the NWFL season.


The General Coordinator of the Pre-season Championship, Dr.  Victoria Nlemigbo Esq revealed on Thursday evening that 14 teams made up of One Ghanaian Premier League team, 8 NWFL Premiership Teams, Three NWFL Championship teams and two NWFL Nationwide teams, namely Adamawa Queens, Bayelsa Queens, Confluence Queens, Danaz Ladies, FC Robo Queens, Hasaacas Ladies, Honey Badgers, Nasarawa Amazons, Naija Ratels, Oasis Ladies, Osun Babes, Royal Queens, Prince Eletu Queens, Lakeside Queens have all expressed and confirmed their participation as at Thursday, the 19th of August 2021in this prestigious Flying Officer’s Cup. While 2 more teams are expected to send in their written confirmation to participate before the due date fixed for expression of interest. 


Nlemigbo also noted that the organisers of the Tournament, Ratels Sports Development Foundation are more than ready to deliver a free and fair Tournament  and have prepared all modalities for the teams to have a superb contest. 


Speaking in Abuja on Thursday, the experienced Football Administrator Dr. (Mrs) Victoria Nlemigbo further stated that 14 teams have officially confirmed participation for the showpiece, which is the biggest Women Football Pre-season Tournament in the whole of Africa. She noted that additional two teams have also promised to send in their confirmation before the deadline given for signifying interest which will bring the total teams expected to participate to 16. 


"For the first time in three years, the competition has attracted a team from outside Nigeria. This is a recognition of the impact that the Ratel Sports Development Foundation is making and continues to make in the lives of girls using football as a tool for their development and empowerment. It  is indeed special and we are ready to give our guest the very best of reception, football and enabling environment  as they compete for honours. 


"The preparation for the tournament have entered final stages and we intend to make it a memorable event. 



"The theme for this year's Flying Officer's Cup is 'Honouring Our Fallen Heroes for Peace and Unity' and a special Award Ceremony will be held at the end of the tournament to honour and reward deserving individuals who have made remarkable achievements in various spheres of life, including sports particularly women football, and have been a great source of inspiration to the girl-child for over a period of time." She Concluded.


The Flying Officer's Cup is the biggest Women Football Pre-Season Championship in Africa and for the first time in three years, Football Club from Ghana, a  neighboring country will be participating.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

NWFL Championship: NWFL Chairperson Congratulates Naija Ratels For Emerging Champions

 NWFL Championship: NWFL Chairperson Congratulates Naija Ratels For Emerging Champions


The Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), Aisha Falode, has again congratulated Naija Ratels following their promotion to the top-flight of the Nigeria Women Football League, the NWFL Premiership. 


Falode, an Executive board member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), put a call through to the President of Naija Ratels FC, Barrister Paul Edeh on wednesday, acknowledging the  exceptional display of the team. The number one women Football Administrator in the country also commended the team for their doggedness and team spirit for emerging Champions of the 2021 second tier league. 



In his reactions, Barrister. Edeh appreciated the Aisha Falode-led NWFL for ensuring quality league organisation and great leadership qualities at all times.


The Naija Ratels President, however assured of his team's readiness to abide by the rules and regulations guiding participation at the Nigeria's Women's Apex Football League.


"We are very honoured to hear from you, and most excited to gain promotion to the top flight. Barrister Edeh said. 



"I assure you of our continuous loyalty and support as a Club to the NWFL Board led by you and pledge our commitment to honour our obligations to the league body," 


"We will continue to qmake ourselves, and numerous women football lovers across the country and beyond proud. The personal call and congratulatory message means alot to us and surely  inspire us to do more as a club." He concluded. 



Naija Ratels emerged worthy champions of the 2021 NWFL Championship season, winning three games and drawing one against Adamawa Queens on the last day of the league season.

Barr. Paul Edeh Fulfils N1.6m Cash Pledge To Ratels Players, Coach To Get Plot Of Land In Abuja

 Barr. Paul Edeh Fulfils N1.6m Cash Pledge To Ratels Players, Coach To Get Plot Of Land In Abuja. 



Naija Ratels President, Barrister Paul Edeh on tuesday honoured a N1.6m cash pledge he made to his team, following their promotion to the NWFL Premiership . 


Barrister Edeh made the fulfilment after his team ended their Championship campaign as winners of the second tier league, with a 1-1 draw against Adamawa Queens, amassing 10 points from four games in the process.


Presenting the Cash reward to the Captain of the team, NFF first Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi stated that he was satisfied with the standard of game seen at the NWFL Championship, noting that soon, players of Naija Ratels will soon be with various national teams. 

 

"It is a pleasure to help fulfil the pledge of N1.6m by the club chairman to the players. I have no doubt that Naija Ratels will do well in the Premiership and today's achievement is as a result of hardwork and dedication that the players and technical crew have put in place for some time now. 



"Am also proud of the products of Eko football and our dream of developing women football in various stages and state is coming to reality.


Club Chairman, Barrister Paul Edeh who affirmed his determination to help the team achieve even more glories, said it is natural for him to fulfil his promise he made to the team, before the beginning of the league. 


"I am fulfiled and satisfied with what these young girls have been able to achieve. It's not an easy task, but they were determined and played like a team all through the Championship season.


"In addition to the N1.6m pledge, the Head Coach of the team, Bankole Olowookere will also be given a plot of land in Abuja for the great job he has done with the team.


Naija Ratels gained promotion to the NWFL Premiership after playing four Championship games, winning three and drawing just one in the process.

Seyi Akinwunmi Impressed As Naija Ratels Begin Construction Of New Hostel, Make Plans For New Stadium.

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) first Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi on tuesday laid the foundation stone for Naija Ratels 3-star rated Hostel, located in Kurudu, Abuja Municipal Area Council.



The new 12 bedroom building will be built like a hotel and will have an indoor gym, a lounge, where the players can relax during their leisure time, a mini hall,dining areas library and the coaches chalet. 


Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi who performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the building said he was impressed with what the management of Naija Ratels have been able to achieve within a short time and urge other football clubs in the country to emulate the achievements of the team. 


"It is a great privilege to be here for the foundation stone laying ceremony for the construction of the new Naija Ratels Football Club Hostel. 



"This is a fulfilment, not just for Naija Ratels, but that of mine and Nigerian football as a whole. Imagine that we have twenty clubs like Naija Ratels across the country, women football would have been well developed. 


He continued : "Football is all about hope and that is what a club like Naija Ratels does to many young girls and footballers in the country. There is no doubt that some of these girls will play for the Super Falcons and go places, because I can see the desire and determination inside of them. 


"I congratulate the team for gaining promotion and am sure they will do well at the Apex league. 


Also speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony of the edifice, an elated President of Naija Ratels Football Club, Barrister Paul Edeh who couldn't hide his joy, said the building is expected to be completed within a year, as work will begin immediately. 


"I ventured into women's football primarily to make a difference and help elevate the life of the girl-child and today we have grown as a family and gained promotion to the Premiership. 


"For us, it's a great journey and one that we have been able to learn alot. This is just the beginning, as we have achieved alot as a club within our two years of existence. 


"We specifically picked this strategic location for the new hostel, because it is very close to the team's training pitch, this will make training even more easier for the players and the coaches. 


"The new edifice will be in form of a 3-star rated Hotel and will consist of 12 rooms ensuite, indoor gym, a mini hall, library, lounge etc and we have also acquired 4 hectare of land here in Abuja to build our own stadium.



Naija Ratels was founded by Barrister Paul Edeh in 2019 and have deservedly gained promotion from the Championship to the Premiership.

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.

Top European Sports Brand 'Masita' Confirms Support For Flying Officers Cup

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