Nigeria Women Premier League side Edo Queens will receive the same salary as their male counterpart Bendel Insurance ahead of the 2019/2020 Nigeria Women Premier League season.
The announcement was made known by the Deputy Governor of the State Phillip Shuaib on Tuesday ahead of the team’s rebranding and logo presentation which will come up on Wednesday afternoon at the the Banquet hall of the Government house.
“We believe that there should be no discrimination between the male and female teams,” deputy governor Philip Shaibu said.
“Bendel Insurance standard and that of Edo Queens are going to be the same. There will be no gender discrimination among them in terms of welfare, in terms of salary.
“The plan is to make Edo Queens the highest paid female team in Nigeria. That is what we want to achieve.”
Edo Queens narrowly missed out of the 2019 Super 4 Championship in Lagos and the sports loving Deputy Governor feels the Ladies deserve the same welfare as the men for been able to stay up in the premier league all these years.
“Imagine Edo Queens have never been relegated but we know about the men’s. We are putting both teams on the same scale,” added Shaibu.
“The male team have not been able to get to the semi-final of the FA Cup for over 12 years, but Edo Queens have been in the semi-final for the past four years.
“Why do we now pay Bendel Insurance more than them. Is it because they are women?
“So we decided that we have to upgrade them to the same level.”
Only a handful of clubs in the cash-strapped women’s league are self-sufficient under private owners, while 18 of the 20 teams in the men’s top division are under government management.
Back in July, Super Falcons captain Desire Oparanozie demanded that Nigeria’s women’s team are paid the same as their male counterparts.
The Super Falcons are the continent’s most successful national side with nine titles and remain the only African team to have played at all eight.