NWFL Holds Champions Shield March 4 In Lagos, Set To Announce Kick-Off Date For New Season
All is set for the Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) Champions Shield between winner of the 2016/17 League season/ Super Four Nasarawa Amazons and Aiteo Cup winner, Rivers Angels slated for March 4 at the ‘Soccer Temple’ Agege Stadium in Lagos.
Speaking at the press conference held in Lagos on Wednesday, chairperson of the NWFL, Aisha Falode thanked the Lagos State governor Mr Akiwunmi Ambode for fulfilling his promise to host the competition.
“This is the first time we will be having this in Nigeria, since we were inaugurated less than a year ago, we had to do everything possible to get the results o what we are seeing today.
“For the first time in the history of women football in Nigeria the NWFL is introducing the Champions Shield, the two best teams will be fighting to become the real champion.
“But I must specifically thanked the Lagos State government with the magnanimity of Governor Ambode in sponsoring this event. He made the promise some months ago and he has fulfilled the promise, I am grateful for this.
“The Champions Shield is the curtain raiser for the new NWFL season, and is therefore the first silverware to be contested for by the two best teams in the league.
“It is also another opportunity for us to show the football loving Nigerian populace especially the people of Lagos, the beauty and quality of our women league. In addition, it will also show the corporate world the benefits of partnering with us and how ready we are to making such partnership work mutually.”
Also speaking at the event, Chairman Lagos State Sports Commission Dr. Kweku Tandoh expressed the support and backing of Governor Ambode for the Champions Shield. He said: “We want to express our support for the NWFL led by Aisha Falode for moving women football forward in Nigeria.
In line with Governor Ambode’s vision to make Lagos the sports hub of Nigeria. Just bring a good sporting event to Lagos and the governor will support it. The mentorship aspect you intend to include is also very important. We believe with sports and education we would have taken care of the danger in future. On behalf of the governor, I welcome you to Lagos,” Dr. Tandoh said.
The teams arrival for the Champions Shield is Thursday March 1, the mentorship programme is scheduled for Friday March 2, the NWFL congress will hold on Saturday March 3, while the main event/ Champions Shield game will be played on Sunday March 4 at Agege Stadium.
Meanwhile, about one thousand girls from schools around Agege are expected to take part during the mentorship seminar. Dignitaries present at the conference include Dr. Kweku Tandor, NFF 1st Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, NWFL Chairperson Aisha Falode, Alhaji Tade Azeez and NWFL board member Henrietta Ukaigwe, among others.