Nigeria Women Football League making plans to ensure only financially buoyant clubs feature in league, Ben-Anuge

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By Ijeoma Okigbo

Abuja, Oct.7, 2020 The Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL), says it will soon make it mandatory for only financially buoyant clubs to feature in the league.

Faith Ben-Anuge, the league’s Chief Operating Officer, made the remarks in an interview with journalists on Wednesday in Abuja, against the backdrop of compulsory licensing of clubs initiated by the Federal Government.

“The reclassification agenda of sports from recreation to business by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development accommodates the issue of club licensing- which is concerned with welfare of players.

“We, in the NWFL under the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are working towards that initiative.

“We have written to various clubs, letting them know that when they come for documentation ahead of the new season, we would like to know how they have fared over the years.

“This includes level of indebtedness and profits. We want to ensure that the clubs can offset their bills in the coming season.

“The clubs may not like this but it is better for us if we have fewer clubs in the league who are willing to comply,’’ she said.

She told NAN that the league would ensure that clubs are consistent.

“Football requires continuity. We don’t want to have clubs that come in and out of season.

“Clubs should be able to make long and short term plans. They should be able to source for sponsorships and more.

“We are also trying to see how we can help them. When the money FIFA promised gets to us, we will use it judiciously to help the clubs.

“We know that some of these clubs are promising and we will be more than willing to help them.

“We want to see the rise of more clubs, more female participation in football but what is of more concern is players’ welfare.

“When players welfare is settled, you get the best of them and the league itself becomes better,’’ Ben-Anuge said.

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