I woke up one Saturday morning and the highlight of my day was meant to be a Nigeria Women Premier League match between FC Robo and Adamawa Queens at the Onikan Stadium in Lagos; nothing else really mattered more. But when I got to the match centre at about 3:30pm, having left my humble abode earlier considering the match was for 4pm, it turned out my day had officially been wasted. Adamawa Queens never showed up and that told the walkover story of Match day 4.
Then I thought; I am that fan that has been preached to, on radio, TV, social media and so on, to support women football in the country and help it grow. But how can I, when I’m now skeptical about even going for games?
It is appalling that there has not been a match day so far in the NWPL this season that has not recorded a WALKOVER. We’ve counted seven in total after four match days, yet we want people to get interested and at least spare two hours of their precious time to be at the stadium. Is that not being unfair, really?
In that regard, I make this sincere appeal To Whom It May Concern: PLEASE as the league resumes this weekend with Week 8 matches, let the plague called WALKOVER be avoided.
To think that there was no such situation last season, makes it look like the NWPL has done a “one step forward, two steps back” which is disheartening.
I can’t remember the last time I heard of a walkover in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Even when a team threaten not to honour a game in protest of unpaid salaries and bonuses, they still show up eventually. Now the thing is, some of these NPFL clubs do have female counterparts in the NWPL but the problem is, their ‘broke’ owner usually feel it is okay for the women to miss their match.
If not, I’m yet to understand how Delta Queens and Warri Wolves had matches on the same day (July 8) at the same place (Ibadan), but while the Queens failed to show up for their Federation Cup fixture against Nasarawa Amazons, the Wolves did not miss their rescheduled NPFL date with Shooting Stars. Well, this is just one instance.
Anyways, looking ahead, a release signed by the league Secretary, Isaac Ajisafe reminded everyone concerned “that 2015 Women Premier League matches will resume this weekend, Saturday, 25th July, 2015 with Week eight fixtures.”
Here are the fixtures
Osun babes vs Delta Queens
Adamawa Queens vs Ibom Angels
FC Robo vs Martins White Dove
Confluence Queens vs Bayelsa Queens
Sunshine Queens vs Edo Queens
Rivers Angels vs COD
Taraba Queens vs Capital City Dove
Nasarawa Amazon vs Pelican Stars
Meanwhile the release further stated, “We equally wish to remind all clubs that in view of time constrain; we would not approve any request for postponement. Kindly take note of the new dates for compliance.”
The 2015 NWPL is expected to end on Saturday 29th August, 2015.