‘Super 6 almost cost me my job’ – Bayelsa Queens’ Aduku recounts NWFL Premiership success

Bayelsa Queens coach Moses Aduku remembers he almost lost his job at the Super Six last year after he guided his side to a fifth consecutive triumph with a 2-1 win over Nasarawa Amazons to clinch the fifth Nigeria Women’s Football League Premiership title on Sunday.

Bayelsa Queens were huge favourites going to Ijebu Ode in 2021 edition of the NWFL Premiership Super 6 but they crumbled, finishing fifth, including losing 4-0 to eventual winners Rivers Angels and the former international was declared sack before being eventually reinstated during the competition.

This time, they qualified for this year’s Super Six event as Group B winners in the regular season to challenge Nasarawa Amazons, Naija Ratels, Delta Queens, hosts Edo Queens and holders Rivers Angels.

The Prosperity ladies opened their campaign with a 2-1 victory over Rivers Angels, followed by a 4-0 thrashing of Naija Ratels and a 2-1 win over Edo Queens before a 1-0 win over Delta Queens.

With just a point to seal the crown, a first-half brace from Gift Monday in the ensuing final match against Nasarawa was all Bayelsa needed to reclaim the title for the first time since 2018 and no one was as happier as the champions’ head coach Aduku.

“Honestly, I don’t know how to express my feelings, because when I look back, just 12 months ago, this same competition almost cost me my job,” Aduku, who won his third domestic title in the last 12 months in Benin City, told CAFOnline.com.

“I found out that overconfidence was one of the things that affected us [in 2021] because of the regular season, but I had to tell the girls that we need to go as the underdog and see what God will do which paid off.

“Here I am the 2021-22 season champion. I am grateful to God and everyone who participated with us. For motivation, I must say thank you to the Bayelsa State Government because they’ve really motivated us with a brand new bus, financially, they supported the team so well. I want to appreciate them for the motivation. I tried to just tell them how important it is to our careers.”

Aduku has now won two NWFL Premiership since joining Bayelsa Queens and will seek to take the challenge to the continent when they compete at the WAFU Zone B qualifiers for the Champions League.

The former international, when asked about what next for the club, said: “We going to be celebrating, and after that, we go back to the board and start to see how to start preparation immediately.

“We need to win at the WAFU B regional playoff to qualify, that’s the most important thing for now. So all our efforts must be towards qualifying. We must try to prepare well.”

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