Hotsports Nigeria Limited is on the verge of finalising arrangements with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to make former Africa Women’s Footballer of the Year, Asisat Oshoala, the Face of the 2016 Female FA Cup.
Oshoala, who is back on a short break from her base in London, where she features in the women football league for the Arsenal Ladies, joined the Hotsports team in a crucial meeting with the Lagos State Football Association Chairman and the 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi, at the state FA office in Onikan Lagos on Monday.
The NFF top official described the idea of making Oshoala the Face of the female FA Cup as a brilliant innovation and promised to pass the message to the President of the NFF Amaju Pinnick, who he said will be glad to welcome the initiative.
“When a great thing is about to happen it starts in small way because people hardly notice. i think the small thing we have done here today is the beginning of something very great,” he said.
“First of all, we have Oshoala, coming to give back, it happens only a few times. Secondly, we need an inspiration for young female footballers in Nigeria, she (Oshoala) has offered herself and it’s a very good thing to do , ” Akinwunmi continued.
The Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Hotsports and HS Media Group, Taye Ige, commended the NFF and Oshoala for creating the platform to revive the image of the female football in Nigeria.
“It’s a boost for female football in Nigeria ultimately, you remember that at every final event of the FA Cup, the female final is played just as an ad joint of the male event or as a curtain raiser. We think that is not good enough and we think the national federation should do something about it and begin to build the brand called female football,” Ige said.
On her part, Oshoala said she was full of excitement about the initiative to make her the face of the female FA Cup.
“I feel very happy and excited about it, I ”ll really appreciate it if it can be approved, to make me the Face of the 2016 female FA Cup,” Oshoala said .
Hotsports is the official Marketing consultant for the Asisat Oshoala brand.