Nigeria Women Football League head, Aisha Falode, has hailed efforts made by the Confederation of African Football, CAF, to see to the successful launch of the Women’s CAF Champions League in 2021, describing it as a dream come true for her if plans for the tournament by the African ruling football body turns out to be a success. During CAF’s next meeting in Cairo, a final decision will be reached as regards the league.
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Falode who is notable for designing strategies towards the growth of women’s football in Nigeria and Africa disclosed that when she raised the topic for the Women’s Champions League to owners of female clubs at the Agege Stadium two years ago (during the closing ceremony of the Nigeria Women Premier League Super 4), she did not envisage that CAF would see to its fruition this early.
Also a board member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Folade noted that the success recorded by the Super Falcons which comprised of seven NWPL players, at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France must have been a major catalyst for the decision of CAF to raise women’s football to a higher level in Africa.
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People have advocated for it and desired it on the continent for the young women who continue to play good football all around Africa. When people say that we do not have the required number of teams to play the Women’s CAF Champions League, I wonder where they got that notion from
Falode also urged CAF to devise strategies to support teams that will participate in the competition financially and in all ramifications, insisting that the time is ripe for Africa to commence Women’s Champions League in Africa.
As we speak, we have over 33 countries scattered across the continent where organized women’s football league is played. Even if we don’t have that required number, considering 33 out of 54/55 countries is great. That’s way above average for a good number to start the CAF Women’s Champions League as the time is ripe and right for Africa to have a women’s Champions League
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