With a state-of-the-art secretariat at the NFF Glass House, it is a testament that the Nigerian Women Football League, NWFL is set for transformation.
When media guru, Aisha Falode was appointed as the chairperson of the Nigerian Women Football League, NWFL, it was celebration galore because of the connections she has with the corporate world.
Some months after her appointment, nothing seems to be visible not even a company was willing to bring money into the women league because of so many factors.
The NWFL boss knew that no organization will business with you if you don’t have a befitting office hence she swung into action. During a visit to the old secretariat of the Nigeria Football Federation recently, we discovered that the NWFL has moved from the FIFA goal project building in the stadium to the first floor of the Glass House as the secretariat at Zone 6, Wuse Abuja office was known.
What was discovered was beyond anybody’s expectation, as the once upon a time office NFF secretariat which was written off and presently being occupied by the Women League has been transformed.
Apart from the beautification and the state-of-the-art facilities in the offices, the staffs are well polished and polite, no thanks to the new Chief Operating Officer, COO of the league, Mrs. Faith Ben-Anuge, who is ready to reposition the league by all means.
The former secretary of the Super Falcons, who was loved by all the players and coaching crew however gave credit to her boss, Falode who she said was responsible for the transformation seen recently in the women league secretariat.
Mrs Faith claimed that Aisha Falode actually gave her an enabling environment to operate hence the innovation seen so far. She however revealed that they have decided to uplift the secretariat to be at par with what is obtainable in the world and also promised to raise the standard of the women league to the highest level for others especially in Africa to emulate.
Meanwhile, two weeks ago, the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick during a working visit to the NWFL said he is happy with the transformation he saw at the secretariat of the Women league and promise to give more support to them to excel.
Mr. Amaju while also commending the General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Sanusi Mohammed for quick release of funds to the secretariat also revealed that he has no regret bringing Falode to the Women League because he knows her qualities and capacity and she has not disappointed with what he has seen so far.
According to Amaju, “Aisha Falode is a blessing to this country and Nigerian football. I have no doubt in my mind that she was going to do well and she has proven us right. We promise to continue to give the Women League all the support they need to do well.”
Meanwhile, the boss of the Women League said they will not stop at repositioning the secretariat hence they have decided to raise the standard by setting a November 20, 2020 deadline for club licensing.
She said they want a situation whereby clubs will be able to guarantee the welfare of their players. Reports has it that Calabar-based club, Pelican stars are allegedly owing their players some months’ salaries.
Also, before now, the Women League were played on bad pitches while some clubs played some of their league matches in sandy secondary school pitches which are not good enough for television viewing.
However, the NWFL has insisted in inspecting the pitches and will only give the nod to standard ones. This and many others, Falode said are some of the issues the NWFL is trying to correct in order to attract the corporate world.
Information emerging from the secretariat has it that the NWFL is ready to wield the big stick by either sanctioning the clubs involved or not even registering them for the new season.
However, the transformation being noticed recently in the Nigerian Women Football League, NWFL can well be described as the right thinking in the right direction.
Some followers of the Women League, who spoke on anonymity, however want the new development or transformation to be taken seriously and to another level. They also use opportunity to call on the corporate world to see the NWFL as their project by investing in it because there is need to support our girls so that they can be useful to everybody in the society.
They also call on government at various levels to put a policy in place to ensure that the companies operating in Nigeria, either sponsor our leagues or channel parts of their profits into football development. They also opined that government can as well give them tax rebate to encourage them because when they invest in the youths, unemployment, crime rate, violence, and other illicit activities will be a thing of the past.