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Naija Ratels Paulina Ali Reveals Key Moments On Her Path To Becoming Captain

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Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Championship side Naija Ratels Captain Paulina Ali has shown real character as the leader of the team ever since she was made captain over two years ago, Sportivation.com.ng reports.

The charismatic defender recently revealed how she started the round leather game as a kid and how her parents never supported her in the beginning.

The young player believes that she has grown as a leader and player in Naija Ratels and owes the club a lot of responsibilities, reasons why she never left the club, despite receiving offers from some of the biggest teams in the NWFL Premiership.

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“For me, Football is the only thing that makes me happy. Football is life and is glad I can do what I love doing here at Naija Ratels.

“I started out with volleyball and was very good at it, until one of my teachers at Padopads Secondary School, Makurdi convinced me to start playing soccer, probably because of my height. I fell in love with the game afterwards and never looked back.

“Just like many young women footballers, my parents never supported me playing football. My mum was always against it and punish me at times. But I was determined and wanted to achieve something great with the game and that pushed me to be where I am today, even though I know i still have a long way to go.

“I must confess that I have improved tremendously, both as a person and a player under Naija Ratels and we all have a special love for the club and President, Barrister Paul Edeh, who stands as a father figure to all of us.

“We owe the club and the President a lot and that’s why we are so dedicated and determined to always win all our games.

On being Captain of a Championship team at a very young age, Paulina said it has been tasking, but yet rewarding.

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“Being a leader means you have to be always ready to lay down good examples. It has been tasking, but yet very rewarding. It has made me grow positively as a person and see life from a different perspective. It also makes me work harder on the pitch because I always want to win games and excel in everything I do and this is the same mentality I pass on to every member of the team.”

“I have told the girls that they need to do something extraordinary when the Championship season starts. We know our aim and our ability as dedicated and hardworking players will always stand out and work for us. We are focused and only aiming at setting a great record.” She concluded.

Naija Ratels will be playing in the NWFL Championship season later this year and will be aiming at gaining promotion to the elite league at their first trial.

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NWFL Premiership: Naija Ratels Embark On Pre-Season Tour Of Lagos, Osogbo, Akure And Lokoja

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Newly promoted NWFL Premiership side, Naija Ratels will tour the South-West of Nigeria with matches in Lagos, Osogbo, Akure and Lokoja.

The 2021 NWFL Championship winners have confirmed 12 games as part of their preparation for the Flying Officers Pre-Season Championship and the start of the new NWFL Premiership season.

The Abuja based side will take on Dannaz Ladies on the 2nd of August at the Agege Stadium, as part of their rigorous Pre-Season schedule, then battle Eko Football Women Selected side on the 3rd of August at the same venue.

The Ratels will then split the squad in two when they move to the National Stadium, Surulere (Legacy Pitch) On the 4th of August, to play against FC Robo Queens and Oasis Ladies FC, in the morning and evening respectively.

After the matches in Lagos, the Bankole Olowookere’s Ladies will continue preparation with a trip to Osogbo, where they will face Osun Babes FC on the 5th of August at the Osogbo City Stadium, then travel to Akure on the 6th of August to keep a date with Sunshine Queens, before finally ending the tour in Lokoja on the 7th of August against Confluence Queens.

The Head Coach of the side, Bankole Olowookere highlighted the reasons behind the Pre-Season tour, noting that it was necessary for the team to play at different venues so as to quickly adapt to the system of the NWFL Premiership.

“It is important for us to go on this Pre-Season tour, so that the players can all adapt to the various footballing atmosphere. Our aim is to prepare adequately enough and continue to strengthen the squad for future challenges.

“As we speak now, the team is set and all the players are in Lagos, getting prepared for training, before we start out with some matches, starting from the 2nd of August.

Naija Ratels will be participating in the NWFL Premiership for the first time in the 2022 NWFL Premiership season and are currently the Champions of the second tier league, the NWFL Championship.

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CAFWCL: Naija Ratels Congratulates Rivers Angels After ‘Important Win’ Against Hasaacas Ladies.

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Newly promoted NWFL Premiership side, Naija Ratels FC have commended Nigeria’s representative at the CAF Women Champions League (WAFU B) Qualifiers Rivers Angels for winning their opening game against Ghanaian Women Football League Champions, Hasaacas Ladies on Saturday at the Stade Robert Champroux Stadium, Abidjan.

Burgeoning midfielder Deborah Abiodun and Player of the match Maryan Ezeanagu scored in the 17th and 54th minute respectively to give the NWFL Premiership Champions a 2-0 victory over their opponent.

The win on Saturday means Rivers Angels will sit ontop of the log after one game and face AS Police Ladies of Niger Republic on Tuesday evening at the same venue.

President of Naija Ratels, Barrister Paul Edeh In a congratulatory message hailed the team for keeping concentration all through the match to earn a massive three points in the game. He urged them to keep pushing hard and get one of the tickets for the Champions League proper later this year.

“It is with great pleasure that I Congratulate Rivers Angels on their victory over Hasaacas Ladies. I am particularly delighted at the confidence, discipline, team-work and indomitable spirit displayed by the players in Abidjan.

“We at Naija Ratels urge them to keep believing in themselves and give their best in the remaining matches.

Rivers Angels will battle AS Police of Niger Republic on Tuesday and a victory for them will ensure qualification for the Semi-final of the WAFU B Qualifiers for the maiden edition of the CAF Women Champions League.

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Bayelsa State Football Association Congratulates Bayelsa Queens

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The Bayelsa State Football Association, has congratulated Bayelsa Queens Fc for winning the 2020/2021 Aiteo Cup final ticket against rival Rivers Angels.

In a statement by the Secretary of the Bayelsa State Football Association, Mr Diseye Nwankwe commends the girls for their dodged spirit.

The statement notes that the Bayelsa Queens scintillating performance so far in Aiteo Cup when the the Yenagoa based side dispatched Pelican Stars of Calabar 4-0 and Delta Queens, has further demonstrated that Bayelsa Queens are the worthy champions of the Nigeria Women Premier League.

According to Mr. Nwankwe, Bayelsans have never doubted their commitment and patriotism in making the State proud when it comes to women football in the country, urging them not to relent until they achieve victory.

He also charges them to see their superlative performance since the commencement of the tournament beyond just scoring goals and winning matches, but their contribution towards putting the State at the global football map.

The state football body while congratulating their male counterpart Bayelsa United for their success so far in the Aiteo cup, urged them to return to Bayelsa state with the trophy as they prepare to face Gateway United on Friday in the Aiteo Cup.

Mr Nwankwe equally charged Bayelsans not to relent in their support and prayers for the both teams to emerge Champions of the 2020/2021 Aiteo Cup.

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