By Biola Omowanle
In the quest to keep tabs on the Nigerian Women’s Football League (NWFL) clubs before the resumption of the new league season, Ladies March was present at the pre-season friendly game between C.O.D Amazons and Jagunmolu Queens FC on Thursday March 17 at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
C.O.D United Amazons dominated from the first minute to the last, beating the less experienced Jagunmolu FC 9-2.
Speaking with Coach of C.O.D United Amazons, Eucharia Uche after the match, she talked about the poor state of Women’s Football in Nigeria, urging the government to support the women like they support the men.
“You can hardly see a state in Nigeria without a government-sponsored male team, but the case is different with the women. We can count a few states supporting women’s football, but what about the others?” the former Super Falcons coach began.
“Leaving women’s football only in the hands of individuals to fund and sponsor makes it more difficult. So many teams have fizzled out, some of them can not even honour home and away games due to lack of funds. If the government as well as organisations can support and sponsor women’s football, things will definitely change. I employ the government of every state to support women’s football, with that, there will be improvements.”
On the Super Falcons failing to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics, Eucharia Uche emphasised on the lack of competition, hindering the discovery of new talents to replace the tired and aging legs in the Women’s National teams. She also added that only players from certain teams are noticed due to the inability of other teams to compete in the Women’s League.
Uche who was recently appointed coach of the Amazons, said she would like to build the team, discover and bring in new players and then put the team in a reckoning position in Women’s Football in Nigeria.