Every player’s dream or aim is to win trophy with his or her team no matter the circumstance. That’s what Dream Stars Ladies of Lagos player Tosin Ogundeko look forward to come next season of the Nigerian Women Premier league.
Haven struggled to finish at the bottom of the Group B last season, the former Royaltom Queens players look forward to play at the Super 4 next and possibly win the league.
“Dreamstars ladies is coming out the strongest next season. Dreamstars ladies are getting into super 4 and carrying the league. There won’t be anything like participating in the relegation playoff for Dreamstars ladies. My target with dreamstars ladies was to at most win the league and if not possible then we avoid relegation. We didn’t win the league but thank God we didn’t relegate either.” She told the Media.
Being their first time in the league, Dream Stars ladies finished at bottom of Group B with 4 points and had to remain in the league via the relegation playoff matches alongside Osun Babes last Season but despite their poor finish, Ogundeko heap praises on her team mates and urge them to focus on next season.
“It wasn’t easy since we were just new comers to the league last season but I’ll commend the fighting spirit of the players and the backing of the management and technical crew. I feel satisfied since we didn’t go to relegation zone and we also have next season to do things differently.”
Her team mate, Bunmi Oladeji’s goal won the goal of the season at 2019 Naija Women League Awards. Bunmi scored the fantastic goal from the midfield in their 4-0 win against heartland Queens at the Agege Stadium. Ogundeko Oluwatosin seized the opportunity to praise her on such achievement as well as lauding the effort of the league board.
“I feel happy for her. Bunmi Oladeji “Iya abike mi” (that’s what I fondly call her). She is a very hard working player. She deserves it. It’s a good record for her and the team at large. I wish her more awards come next season.”
“I will give the board an A. The league board is really trying. I will only advice the board to keep trying on how to get a financial sponsor for the league. It will really change the face of the league.”
Oluwatosin Ogundeko started her football career playing with guys. The first team she ever joined is Medallion FC, a male team in her area. She later joined Royaltoms Queens, a female team that came to for her at a training camp in her area.
She hoped to work hard in helping her club push for Super 4 place next season in the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL).
By: Hanifat Mustapha