Super Falcons captain and reigning Women’s African Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala has called for more improvement in the development of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), saying ‘there’s still a lot of work to do’.
The Barcelona Femeni star, who formerly played in the NWFL with Robo Queens and Rivers Angels, however, acknowledged some level of improvement in the league, especially with tournaments like the Super 4 Playoffs, AITEO Cup and the newly-introduced Women’s CAF Champions League, which she believes will raise the level of competition amongst the domestic clubs.
Nonetheless, the former Liverpool and Arsenal Ladies forward wants increased branding of the NWFL and robust media attention on the women’s game in Nigeria, while expressing optimism that the league will get better.
“It’s improving, but there is still a lot of work to do, to be honest,” the 25-year-old said during an interview on TVC News. “Branding needs to be made, a lot of media attention and everything.
“It’s improving every year. They have Cup games, Super 4, Super 6 everything. So, it means they are working so hard to really improve the standard and also create more games for the teams, which is actually good for the league.
“Now there is African Champions League, I’m pretty sure a lot of teams in Nigeria will be more serious in terms of playing games because everyone wants to go to the continental tournament. I think it’s a good one.
“In terms of rebranding, I think it is something that has to do with time; it’s a process. It’s not something that will happen just overnight.
“So, I believe in a couple of years, we will get there,” the 4-time African Footballer of the Year said.