New Rivers Angels Striker Sule Reflects On Career, Keen To Retain NWPL Top-Scorer
By Olayinka Olawole
Rivers Angels new signing Rofiat Sule has said that she is more determined to be successful at her new club, as she looks forward to having a glorious Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Season.
The striker insisted she is learning the rudiments of the game despite being top scorer of the NWPL in the last two consecutive seasons.
She has been the highest goal scorer in the league for the last two NWPL seasons and is generally seen as a complete player, but she still feels she is a work in progress and needs to keep improving and says she watches over nine matches per week to try and learn and improve her game.
The former Jagunmolu FC striker recalled how she started playing football in her Primary school at the Command Children’s School (Mile two Signal Barracks) before finally growing in the game when she got to secondary school at the Command Day Secondary School, Ikeja, where she was inspired by Super Eagles and Leceister City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, her schoolmate back then and they do train together during and after school.
Sule told SR Sports how her dad tried to stop her from playing football at an early stage and how she was punished a lot of times for going against his rules. “It all started in primary school,” She said. “I think I picked interest in football at that early age because I was surrounded by boys.
“They play football around a lot and I had no choice but to play with them too. When I got to Command Day secondary School, my love for the game grew and I got into the school team and was encouraged more by Ndidi and many other guys in school then, including our sports master Mr Hakeem Lawal.
“When I was in SS1 I joined a local club called “Jagunmolu FC” under the tutelage of Coach Hakeem Adebare and from there my talent got better as a goal scorer .We go to various competitions across the country and I was always highest goal scorer most times of course with the supports of my teammates back then.
“When my dad heard about my football exploits, he tried to discourage me and even locked me up at home sometimes, so I could miss training, but for the timely intervention of my coach who tried to convince him to change his mind ” Batisgoal as she is fondly called revealed.
On how she got the nickname “Bastisgoal” the former Bayelsa Queens forward said: “I was nicknamed “Batisgoal” by one of the older boys in my neighborhood, because I always score whenever I play in his team and since then, the name registered; and I later realized he got the name from the great Argentine striker, Gabriel Batistuta.
“Scoring goals has always been natural to me and I give God the glory that I have very good teammates who supports me always,” said Sule. “Football is my passion and I always play the game to win and score goals because that is what I love.
“Sometimes I think people forget I’m still very young and needed more time to grow as a player. It is true I have accomplished the feat of being highest goal scorer in consecutive seasons, but I know I haven’t achieved anything and I still want to achieve a lot in my career.
“I watched lots of games to improve my game, I focus on how the strikers play and the way they position themselves. Already I have learnt a lot from the Manchester City and Argentine striker Sergio Kun Aguero.
Even though I am a Liverpool fan and I also love watching Divock Origi closely, because I love his style of play. “I’m picking up lots from him and he has a tremendous football knowledge,” She said.
In the Nigerian League I love watching Mfon Udoh play and I really admire his style of play too, he is very energetic and have great eyes on goals. He has been doing so well in the league this season for Enyimba and his goal scoring record still lives on.
Sule likes to score goals and each season she sets herself a target. The good news is that she has never failed to attain it. “I have goals target every season, which I keep to myself and I have always achieved it with the supports of my teammates. I know the pressure will be much on me at Port Hacourt and I love working under pressure,” She concluded.