The reasons Nigerian women’s football league champions, Rivers Angels Football Club of Port Harcourt was knocked out in the group stage of the maiden Confederation of Africa Football Women’s Champions League (CAFWCL) in Cairo, Egypt will not be fully discussed in one fell swoop.
For example, FC Robo of Lagos captain Gift Monday and Angels’ first-choice goalkeeper in Egypt, Charlotte Adjei, a Ghanaian, are among half a dozen new recruits while familiar faces like youth international striker, Cynthia Onyedika Aku who scored a goal in the play-off was not considered good enough for the CAFWCL final in Egypt.
Prompt News investigations further revealed that since the soft-drink giant, Pepsi / 7Up Bottling Plc (Nigeria) ended its multi-million naira sponsorship of the Nigeria’s Super Falcons, Women’s Football League and Federation Cup from 1997 to 2002, during the regimes of Colonel Abdulmumini Aminu and Brig. General Dominic Oneya as NFA Chairmen, no other sponsor has signed up to sponsor Nigerian women’s football league.
It is on record that NWFL and others like the Nigeria National League (NNL) and the Nigeria Nationwide League One came on board at the same time but NNL and Nationwide League One are marching on, securing millions of naira sponsorship deals from corporate organisations while not much has been heard from the women’s football league, at least not to knowledge of women’s football stakeholders hence the lull in the women’s football league.