Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
As the much awaited female soccer fiesta, The Nigerian Women Professional Football League (NWPL) Super Four begins on Monday in Benin City, several partners and participants of the tournament have expressed enthusiasm with the coming of the competition to the ancient city.
The interest in partnering with the Edo State government on the 2017 NWPL Super Four championship,
According to sources conversant with developments around the league, the involvement of Edo State government in the 2017 NWPL Super Four championship, is as a result of the high premium the Godwin Obaseki-led administration places on sports, which has made the state the preferred destination for sporting events.
For participants to have a hitch-free event, the Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia Stadium is wearing a new look, while hotel reservations for players and officials of the tournament have been finalised.
Coaches of the participating teams; Bayelsa Queens, Delta Queens, Rivers Angels and Nasarawa Amazons who spoke with journalists on arrival in Benin City yesterday, expressed their excitements about playing in the Edo State capital.
They pointed at the reception that was given to the national Under-20 female team, the Falconets and the excellent result they got against the Tanzanites.
Chairperson of the Womenâ€™s League in Nigeria, Aisha Falode, said she is excited with the support of the Edo State governor and promised that in future, if given any challenge by the Edo State government, she will not relent but deliver.
â€œAll the teams for the Super 4 are at home here in Benin City because of the cosy environment provided for us to play the tournament here. We cannot wish for more than what Governor Obaseki has done for the growth of female football in the country,â€ concludes Falode with gratitude.