The Chairman, Media Committee, Nigeria Women Premier League
(NWPL), Peter Oguche, has appealed to the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) to
ensure that female competition was developed.
Oguche told newsmen in Lagos that the NFA could only develop
the league if it concentrated on the development of the game at the grassroots.
He noted that it was when such was done that there could be
the birth and growth of female teams.
Oguche, who is also the Chairman, Oguche Babes FC of Lokoja,
said that there was the need for the NFA to make sure the women league was
He said:“If the NFA continues the way they are going without
spending money or developing female football, especially at the grassroots,
female football in Nigeria will die’’.
Oguche said that it was disheartening that it was only
private individuals that were helping the league to survive.
“If football administrators do not show interest quickly,
the development of women football will not be possible.
“The NFA should do the right thing; I do not know why NWPL
is not given allocation in the NFA’s annual budget.
“It is people who are not in the administration of football
that are helping us to ensure that female football thrives,’’ he said.
Oguche also advised the female national U-17 and U-20 teams
in the World Cup competitions to do the country proud.
He said that their winning the tournaments might make the
administrators to change their minds toward female football development.
“I hope the girls for the various competitions will soar
high because most of them were discovered from the league.
“Maybe, if the girls win, the members of NFA will have a
change of heart and start funding the female league,’’ Oguche said.