Sports Ministry Throws Weight Behind Women’s Football

By Daily Sports on November 5, 2019

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The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, in line with his quest for inclusiveness in sports, on Sunday watched the final match of the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) between Rivers Angels and Confluence Queens.

Rivers Angels defeated newcomers Confluence Queens by a lone goal courtesy of Cecilia Nku in the second minute of the match to emerge winners, smiling home with the tournament’s N3m prize money as well as a trip to Spain courtesy a La Liga partnership with the NWPL.

Fielding questions from journalists after the match, Mr. Dare praised the skills displayed by the female footballers and promised more support for female football in the country.

“The question should be, with this level of professional skills we have seen on display today, what would the Ministry do more to help them? I am impressed by what I have seen today, we have seen female professional football at its best, we've seen the exhibition of talents, we know some of our footballers are headed for the Professional League outside of this country, all I can say is that the Ministry would partner with the Federation, we will also try to see that we get them sponsorship to support them to do better.”

Speaking on the Nigeria professional football league which just commenced, the Minister expressed his delight with the commencement of the domestic league after two false starts adding that the issues bedevilling the league will be dealt with.

“We will meet with all the key stakeholders before end of November to start to draw a strategic plan on how to improve the domestic league.

“Like I said earlier, it is very critical, it is the engine room of our football development, that's where we produce our professional players that can go abroad, so we are going to pay close attention working with the NFF, the club owners and the referees and coaches to isolate the issues and deal with them.”

Dare also reiterated his Ministry’s commitment to supporting other sports. He said: “We started out by making a declaration to support other sports. I have watched Football games, I have watched Badminton games, I have watched Handball games, I have been to Basketball games, I have also been to Athletics. That shows our clear direction, it signposts where we are headed and in the coming months in terms of resources we will make sure we provide resources, and support through private funding.

“We will support virtually every critical sports, about 11 of them where this country has competitive edge, particularly I have the Olympics in sight Tokyo 2020.”

The Minister, who  earlier held two high level side meetings geared towards greater Youth and Sports  Development before arriving to watching the final match of the NWPL at the Agege Stadium, headed out immediately  to watch the another final match, this  time beach soccer of the  Copa Lagos competition.

•PHOTO:  Sports Minister Dare 

Source Daily Sports

Posted November 5, 2019


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