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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.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Flying Officers Cup Represents A New Approach To Women Pre-season Football In Africa - Naa Bardina-Quaye.

 Flying Officers Cup Represents A New Approach To Women Pre-season Football In Africa - Naa Bardina-Quaye. 



Ghanaian top Football Journalist, Genevieve Naa Bardina-Quaye has described the Flying Officers Cup as a new approach to women's Football Pre-season Competition in Africa. 


Sixteen teams altogether, comprising thirteen Nigerian teams, and three others from Ghana and Benin Republic will compete for honours in Abuja from the 10th to the 24th of October 2021. 


Naa Abardina-Quaye while speaking from her base in Accra, the capital of Ghana said the Organisers of the Flying Officers Cup have done something that has never been achieved before in Africa Women's Football history. The well-travelled journalist went on to add that the Pre-season Championship will give teams representing their countries at the TotalEnergies CAFWCL the right atmosphere to get a good preparation ahead of their battles in Egypt. 



"The Flying Officers Cup is a competition that is being talked about here in Ghana. Teams are eager to compete and am glad that teams will represent Ghana at the competition this year. 


"For me, I see it as a big achievement for the Organisers, this is the third edition and am sure it would get bigger by the years. Possibly, next year, we can get teams from Southern, Eastern and Northern Africa compete in the Competition. 


"It only shows quality, when teams like Rivers Angels, Bayelsa Queens, Nasarawa Amazons and the rest compete with Clubs from Ghana and Benin Republic in a Competition that isn't Organisers by WAFU or CAF. It clearly has to show the kind of dreams the Organisers have for Women's Football and special kudos should also go the the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) for providing an enabling environment for this kind of Competition." She Concluded



The Flying Officers Cup is a Women's Football Pre-season Championship sponsored by Ratels Sports Development Foundation and this year's edition will see teams from Nigeria, Ghana and Benin Republic compete for honours in Abuja from the 10th-24th October 2021.

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.

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.

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