By Biola Omowanle
It was Matchday 2 and also the very first home game of Lagos-based FC Robo Queens in the 2016/2017 Nigeria Women Premier League season. The game was played at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
After securing a point against Abia Angels on the first Matchday of the season, FC Robo Queens hosted a star-studded Bayelsa Queens in an entertaining game graced by the presence of the Independent Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League board, Aisha Falode and the first Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi. It was a bubbly atmosphere as an impressive number of fans were present to watch the women play.
Unpredictably, the supposed underdogs, FC Robo edged Bayelsa Queens by a lone goal scored by new recruit, Gift Monday.
The Independent Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League board, Aisha Falode was beaming as she commented on the turnout of fans.
“I am very encouraged and excited. The turnout was impressive. Akure set the tone and Lagos has built on it. The crowd was massive, the fans were excited, they were vibrant and the quality of play was also very competitive. We saw young girls who had a lot of energy and pace, we also saw experience.”
Aisha Falode then gave thanks to the media for the coverage of the Nigeria Women Premier League in the first two Matchdays.
The first Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi was impressed as well.
“I am very thrilled. I’m happy to see this level of football being played by the ladies. I had no doubt that the ladies in Lagos would be able. We should be happy to support the Women League because I think we have a very good chance of taking over the world. If the ladies can continue at this level and improve, there is no height that we can not reach.”
Akinwunmi added that the board of the Nigeria Women Football League should be commended for the level of publicity and the efforts made towards improving the league.
We now look forward to Matchday 3.