The Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, has on behalf of the board the NWFL, congratulated the Nigerian national Under-20 Women’s soccer team, the Super Falconets, for winning the gold medal in the Women’s Soccer event of the African Games concluded in Morocco.
Falode commended the players and officials, who were one hundred percent products of the Nigeria Women Football League, for doing the country proud, winning the biggest prize at the continent’s most prestigious sports fiesta.
She said: “It feels good to see products of the much improved Nigeria Women Premier League, put smiles on the faces of Nigeria especially the presidency which has not stopped giving massive commendations to the Falconets for helping to sustain the country’s firm grip at the pivot of sports development in Africa.”
Falode noted: “The last time Nigerian women won gold in the football event was at Algiers 2007 African Games under coaches Joseph Ladipo and Rolandson Odeh. This was Nigeria’s second time. The first time was at Abuja 2003 African Games, achieved by Coach Ntiero Effiom. It’s great to know that, after a 12-year break, the Nigerian women’s team made up of NWPL players regained country’s superiority in Africa.
Falode added that: “By the time the board of the NWFL move a step further in activating the partnership with the La Liga Women’s League later this year, there will be massive progressional transformation in the NWPL and the Division One league.
“We in the NWFL are committed to taking Nigerian women’s football to a greater height worthy of emulation by other developing women’s leagues across the continent and indeed at the world level.
“The victory of the Falconets at the African Games in Morocco further sealed Nigeria’s dominance in the continent especially as the victory of the Super Falcons at the last edition of the African Women Nations Cup in Ghana, and the best continental performance at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, which erased the earlier overwhelming gap between African women’s football against those in Europe, Asia and America, further entrenched the Nigeria Women Football League, as the leaders in the development of women’s football globally.”
Falode, who is also a board member of the Nigeria Football Federation, used the opportunity to give plaudits to the Nigeria senior women’s national soccer team, the Super Falcons, for moving a step further in the country’s quest to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Women’s Football event, as the wholly home-grown team defeated Algeria 2-0 on their home soil in Blida, to set up a less stressful second leg cracker in Lagos next Tuesday, at the ‘Soccer Temple’ Agege Stadium.
She expressed her confidence on the Falcons’ readiness to record a one hundred percent victory against the Algerians, a result that will move the Nigerian girls closer to the qualification for next year’s Japan 2020 Olympic Games.