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Plans underway for First Lady Soccer Competition

27 June 2012, 14:52

Abuja - A competition aimed at discovering talents for the development of female football is in the pipeline, a member of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Executive Committee said on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mrs Dilichukwu Onyedinma, who is also the Chairperson of the Nigeria Women League Board, said the competition would be known as ``the First Lady Soccer Competition’’.

``It will be played in all the 774 Local Government Areas of the country,'' she said.

The NFA board member said the reason behind the proposed competition was the need to begin a developmental programme, which would involve secondary schools in the country.

``This is to ensure we discover those players that will represent the country in the nearest future,'' the NFA official said.

Onyedinma said the league organising body wanted the domestic competition to be more vibrant and produce players that would go on to excel in the national teams.

``We have been making efforts to develop the local league to the standard that is attainable in some other countries.

``We, therefore, want our local league to be very vibrant, so that more youthful players will be discovered for the various national teams,'' she said.

The Women League Board chairperson said it was imperative for such grassroots development of Nigerian women football as the African women game was no longer static.

``We are not ignorant of the fact that many of the African countries are fast developing their women football.

``The way the game is developing in the various African countries, shows that they are now moving with the current trend in the game, and we have to move too.

``Of course, we are not static, but we want to continue to move, and that is why we are also moving ahead,'' Onyedinma said.

Nigerian football has a 20-club Women Professional League, which runs a regular season, as well as an end-of-season Super Six competition.

There is also a national division one competition, which serves as a play-off for the Professional League.


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