Aisha Falode: NWFL, best template for women’s football in Africa

Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), Aisha Falode, has expressed her satisfaction with the state of 14 venues to be used by teams in the Premier League.

Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), Ms. Aisha Falode, has described the league as a template for women’s football development in the continent just as she hailed Tulcan Energy for sponsoring the forthcoming Super Six League.

Falode expressed her delight in the ground-breaking partnership adding that for years the women’s league had been without a major partner thus the league found it difficult in fulfilling its financial commitments.

The NWFL on Tuesday signed N10m sponsorship deal with TULCAN Energy, an independent energy company operating in the Downstream, Midstream, and Upstream sectors of the Nigerian energy industry.

Tulcan Energy, is the sole sponsor of 2021/2022 NWFL Premiership Super Six, the league Playoff to determine the Women’s League Champions and Nigeria’s representative at the 2022 TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League.

” This is something we are excited about this sponsorship, it is something we have prayed for. The Nigerian Women’s League is the oldest women’s league in Africa. Other African countries look to Nigeria as the template for women’s football, ” she explained.

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It would be recalled that domestic women’s league competition began in 1990 with dominant teams including Ufoma Babes of Warri, Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt, Pelican Stars of Calabar and FCT Queens.

The NWF has undergone a lot of tinkering since Falode came on board as its Chairperson and the league is now being ran at three levels including the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) and the Nigeria Women’s Championship League and Nigeria Women’s Nationwide League.

“The NWFL had endured over the years without a sponsor and now we have a Super League sponsor in Tulcan Energy,” an elated Falode said at the unveiling of Tulcan Energy as sponsors of the NWPL Super Fix to be held in Benin between May 16 and 22.

“We are happy with the progress we have made after us struggling in the past years to pay match commissioners, referees and get the league running against all odds. But the good thing in all of this is that we never owed anybody a dime even when we had no sponsorship.

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“Now, this is an opportunity for the NWFL Board to say a big thank you to the leadership of the NFF board and all those supporting us over the years.

“We are proud that eight of the Falcons’ regular team members at the last World Cup in France in 2019 came from the league. We thank Tulcan Energy for having faith in us.”

She, further announced that N10 Million Naira prize money would be shared among three clubs in the forthcoming Super Six tournament for the 2022 season even as the NWFL will dole out a One Million Naira each to the six participating teams including defending champions Bayelsa United, Rivers Angel, Nassarawa Amazons, Naija Ratels, Delta Queens and Edo Queens.

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