The commencement date for the women’s top-flight season of the West African nation has been revealed. The Nigeria Women’s Premier League will make a return on March 18 according to the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL).

The commencement date was set after a congress meeting with the club representatives and stakeholders in Benin City, with Edo state deputy governor Philip Shaibu in attendance on Tuesday.

In her remarks, NWFL chairperson Aisha Falode lauded the Edo state government for its huge support to women’s football, including the approval of equal pay for the state men and women’s clubs.

“In 2019, Edo state accommodated us, for the NWFL Pro-League and the Amateur League, and we are back for our AGM/Congress in 2020,” Falode told stakeholders and media at the congress.

“This is a reflection of the fact that Edo is fast becoming the home of modern women’s football in Nigeria. Let me also note that Edo Queens is the only club in Nigeria and indeed the world that is enjoying pay parity with their male counterparts Insurance FC.

“This is a milestone and a record-setting achievement that should be emulated by other women club owners in the country.”