Head coach of Nigerian side Osun Babes FC, Rauf Ayodeji Yekeen, has told their rivals in the Women Football League it will be a big mistake for them to look down on his side.
The former Al-Fatah FC of Saudi Arabia star who was appointed at the beginning of the 2019/2020 NWFL season sounded the warning while responding to questions on Family United By Football, FUBF.
The Women’s League was scheduled to start in March but halted due to the novel virus ravaging the world.
Osun Babes FC are in Group B alongside, Robo Queens, Rivers Angels, lbom Angels, Heartland Queens, Adamawa Queens, Royal Queens and Delta Queens.
“We respect all the teams and let any team underrates us at their own peril,” Ayodeji said.
“Even we are ready to give defending champion a fight for their money. We shall respect all the team and let our opponents underrate us and expect the shock.”
Ayodeji has handled several teams like AS Racine, defunct Prime FC (now Osun United), Ajiroba FC and Offa United.
The Nigerian Football Federation is yet to decided when competitive fixtures will return in the country.
Japan FA announces women’s professional League to start in 2021
A professional women’s football league is set to take its place in Japan following the announcement made by the country’s soccer governing body.
The Japan Football Association today announced league will be known as the WE LEAGUE, which means “Women’s Empowerment League”.
The league will begin in autumn 2021, with the participating teams playing in a round-robin format, though, no relegation from the top-flight for “several years” but there will be promotion from the second tier.
The competing clubs will be announced later this year, with six to ten teams playing the league through to May 2021 as the football body looks to establish its credentials and sustainability in the women’s game.
“The purpose of the launch of the new league is not just the development of women’s football in Japan. Our aim is to contribute to build a sustainable society through promoting female social participation and enhancing diversities and choices,” JFA president Tashima Kozo said in a statement.
“How we contribute to the society through sports is an important mission for all of us in the sports world. We will work on to establish the career of women’s professional footballer, which is the dream of many girls, and further promote women’s empowerment and solve social issues.”
The JFA further added that at least a female must be part of the executive of each club as the league comes with a strong philosophy that promotes the opportunity for everyone to live in a world full of dreams and be able to fulfill their potentials through women’s football and sports.