Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) board, Aisha Falode has explained to busybuddiesng.com why it became necessary to postpone the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super Four Championship by almost a month.
As announced via a press release on Wednesday (6th September), the NWPL Super Four which is aimed at producing the champions of the league has been moved from 11-16 September to 9-14 October 2017.
The release stated that the postponement was due the U20 women’s national team’s World Cup qualifying matches against Tanzania scheduled for the 16th of September and the 1st of October respectively.
Falode explained further: “We have four clubs. The four top clubs in the women’s premier league who have qualified for the super four. These four clubs, between them, have twenty of their players in the national U20 women’s team, the Falconets, and you also have a coach of one of the clubs who is also the coach of the Falconets.
“And we want to end the season on a high in terms of quality of play, in terms of participation, in terms of entertainment, in terms of competition between the teams, and if you now take away the 20 players, you take away one coach out of the four, you are going to have a depleted team between the clubs, you are going to have the competition also depleting, therefore you are not going to have what we envisaged and what we envisaged was to end the season on a high note.
“A note that it will be something to remember until another Super Four where we can improve on what we do this year which was why I said regrettably and sadly putting all these considerations into focus it was the best decision to take,” Falode told busybuddiesng.com
The NWPL Super Four championship will feature Bayelsa Queens, Rivers Angels, Delta Queens and Nasarawa Amazons as they battle for the league title in the ancient city of Benin, Edo State.