As Nigerians continue to voice out the need for development of Women football in the country, Chairperson of Nigerian Women Football League, Mrs. Onyedimma Dilichukwu has called on the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to re-strategize and take after most Europe-based clubs.
Dilichukwu who spoke extensively during the just concluded SWAN week celebration organized by FCT Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria lamented that Women’s football in Africa has witnessed tortuous and painful growth.
According to her, “It is on record that culture and religious factors brought hindrance in the development of Women’s football especially in some parts of the Middle East, Asia and Africa. But countries in the west that did not have such obstacles went on and even placed Women’s football on equal footing with the Men.
“European clubs have been mandated by UEFA to establish Women’s Clubs to run side by side with their Men’s clubs and drawing their findings for growth and development from such clubs. America has even gone further than that by providing scholarships for their very talented footballers and even making them to earn huge sums of money as wages from their clubs.
“Ironically, Nigeria which is thought to have the best league on the continent is now being challenged by countries like South Africa, Zimbabawe, Equatorial Guinea and Ghana among others due to excellent funding the leagues in those countries receive from their federations.
“The players from other countries in Africa who saw Nigeria as the Mecca of their career soon returned to their home countries whose leagues were better funded.”
In their separate observations, stakeholders Pepsie Adiukwu and Grace Yaro harped on the need for renewed vigor in ensuring improved marketing strategy and sponsorship drive adding that similar measure was adopted in the past in the upliftment of Women football in Nigeria.

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