Ahead of anticipated kick-off of the 2023/24 season of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), Chairman of Naija Ratels FC, Mrs Alisson James-Jegede, has tasked the players to work harder to justify the trust reposed on them by the management and technical crew.
Mrs James-Jegede who spoke shortly after the club engaged Nigeria’s U20 Women’s team in friendly match at the weekend at FIFA Goal Project, located inside Moshood Abiola National stadium Abuja expressed delight with the improving performance of the Abuja-based Naija Ratels.
“I like the fact that you players are playing for each on the pitch with noticeable improvements. What remains now is for you to remain focused to actualise the set goals.
Just keep looking forward, the sky can only be your starting point. As the season is about to start, I want you to make Abuja and your fans all over the country proud with better results,”
Earlier, the Club’s Head Coach, Bankole Olowookere, assured that the club’s performance will keep rising and that the technical crew has taken note of the lapses which would be worked on going forward.
Also, other members of the coaching crew took time out to speak on their assessment of the team.
The test game which is part of preparation to Falconets’ FIFA U20 World Cup qualifier, was watched by sizeble spectators and top football administrators including the Chairman of Benue State Football Association and Founder of Naija Ratels, Barr. Paul Edeh.
Later on, Barr. Edeh said so far he was impressed with the steady coaching improvement and the team’s overall progression despite regular call-up of the club’s players to various National teams as well as transition to foreign and other domestic sides.
“I think the coaching crew led by Coach Bankole Olowookere has done well with the club, looking at the level of consistent technical input and progress that have been impressive.
The players too haven’t done badly. They have shown capacity and I believe that the future is bright. It’s one step at a time in line with the vision of establishing the club.”
While demanding more from the lads, the club owner said;
“I strongly hope to see the club perform better in the new season which starts in a matter of few days ahead.
Anyone who puts his money in any venture expects one form of encouragement or the other. For me, the encouragement I need is to see these players put in their best and do well so that their career will be better for it.
I also pray for a hitch-free new football season for them and other clubs participating in the NWFL.”
This will be Naija Ratels third season in the topflight of Nigeria’s Women league (NWFL), with their best finish coming in there first season, when they went to the Super Six.
Written by: Godstime Egelege-Idama
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