The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has expressed dismay at the late kick-off of the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) and solicited the support of the public sector to invest in the league.
The 2018/2019 NWPL season earlier scheduled to kick start in February, has now been shifted to March due to lack of funds.
“I think we should begin to pay more attention to Women’s football especially after bringing so many laurels to the country. They just won the Africa Women’s Championship a record nine times and the nucleus of the National team is from the Women’s league.”
Dalung however solicited the support of the public sector to invest in the women’s league like they do to the men’s league.
He said “I seek the co-operation and support of the private sector to rescue the women’s league. The continued delay of its kickoff will hamper the discovery of new players for the National teams especially as the Super Falcons intensify preparations for the World Cup. If the league fails to start on schedule, how do we get new players to replace the aging ones in the National teams? I understand that lack of funds to call a Congress and ratify the promoted and relegated teams is what is holding the Women’s league from commencing, so I call on public spirited individuals, the private sector and other stakeholders to join hands and support the women’s league to make it a brand,”
Dalung in statement by his SA Media, Nneka ikem Anibeze, also said that the Sports Ministry will put machinery in motion to mobilize support for the Super Falcons’ World Cup campaign in France in June.
He said that support from Nigerians whether morally, financially or otherwise will help prepare the team adequately for the World Cup.