Matilda Otuene, team manager of Rivers Angels has appealed to the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation to establish a replica of the League Management Company to govern the country’s Women Football League.
In early February, the women football club owners and managers insisted that the 2015/16 league season would not commence until an election was held into the Board of the NWFL.
The association in a communique resolved to refer the issue of relegation, penalty for missed matches, registration fees and abridged league for the 2015/2016 league season to the incoming
It observed that the NWFL has never received a single kobo from the yearly 15% FIFA Development Grant and the Glo Sponsorship contract, and appealed to the NFF to kindly release directly to the NWFL such funds.
They also resolved to plead with the NFF to block all loopholes that allow players to go on international transfer without proper checks, so that clubs can benefit from such transfers.
It appealed for the need to develop a continental tournament for the winners of our league to participate like WAFU Women’s Cup and Africa Women’s Champions League.
Officials present were Nuhu Audu, chairman of Nasarawa Amazons along Rev. Martins Eubuomwan JP vice chairman of Martin White Dove FC, Emmanuel Zira of Adamawa Queens FC, Peter Oguche of Oguche Babes FC and Mrs. Agape Krama of Beautiful Tours FC.
But Otuene, who is the chairperson of the South-South Women Football Association said they are backing the NFF to set up an independent leadership taking clue from the men’s topflight league.
She lamented the dwindling fortunes of the country’s women national teams in recent competitions blaming them on the poor standard of organisation of the women’s league.
“I’ve seen the communique of the women’s club owners, the agitation is a welcome development,” Otuene said in her exclusive chat with Goal.
“But there are some certain issues I’m not clear about. It is very necessary we know what we are playing for and it’s very important about the sponsorship deal. Because it is something that has been a setback on the game generally.
“For anyone who was in Umuahia during the Super Six tournament you will feel sorry for women’s football where there was nothing to show for coming first, second and third in the league. No medal whatsoever to show for it.
“My stand on this issue, I’m not concerned about elections or appointments. NFF president [Amaju Pinnick] said he has big plans for women’s football.
“We want to appeal to him to bring on this plan and let’s start working. If the president says he wants to do an appointment, why not we allow him? ”
While lauding the Shehu Dikko-led LMC for progress with the men’s league, the former board member of the Nigeria Women Football League urged women football club owners and managers to give the NFF a chance to improve the women’s game.
“I so much commend Shehu Dikko for the work he is doing with the NPFL. He is doing a good job. I wish Dikko can adopt the women league.
“At this point, we are like children without parents. If the NFF president is saying he wants to do an appointment, it’s reasonable we allow him.
“The NFF brought Dikko on board and he is doing well with the men’s league. I believe they won’t appoint somebody and neglect the person.
“Election or appointment is not an issue we should be fighting about. Rather we should be concerned about the pedigree of who is coming on board and the changes we should expect.
“This is an SOS to the NFF. We need someone that can come on board and change things immediately because everyone is losing interest in women’s football.
“We really need to change women’s football because it is like nothing is happening. Our league has started for years, but look at countries like South Africa, Ghana, Cameroon have gone past us.
“We want someone that will come and make a difference like we have seen in the NPFL. It is better we put our heads together as women club owners and managers to support the change in women’s football.
“We are begging the Federation to come out with the plans and see how they could bring an effective change to the women’s game just like they’ve done for the men,” she concluded.