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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 Play-Off: Dreamstar Ladies FC fined 2.5million Naira

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The board of the Nigeria Women Football League headed by Aisha Falode has slammed a N2.5 million fine on Dreamstar Ladies Football Club of Lagos, the team’s coach and founder of the club for abandoning a league game and bringing the credibility of the NWFL Premiership League to public ridicule, Sportivation.com.ng reports.

These sanctions were contained in a letter written to the management of Dreamstars Ladies Football Club and signed by the Chief Operating Officer of the NWFL, Modupe Shabi.

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It reads: “The board of the Nigeria Women Football League frowned at the unruly behaviour of Dreamstar Ladies FC of Lagos in the match No: 4 of the ongoing 2020/2021 NWFL Premiership Play-Off played on May 9, 2021, at the University of Benin Sports complex, Edo State.

“Consequently, the following sanctions are hereby imposed on the club: Dreamstar Ladies FC have been fined the sum of One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,500,000) for abandoning the above-named match in the 85th minute of play.

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“The club is also fined an additional sum of One Million Naira (N1,000,000) for the unruly behaviour of the Head Coach, Mr. Sheriff Tajudeen and the Founder of Dreamstar Ladies FC, Mr. Abdulrahman Abolore, for bringing the credibility of the league to public ridicule.

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“In addition, the Head Coach of Dreamstar Ladies FC, Mr. Sheriff Tajudeen, is hereby suspended indefinitely from all NWFL organised competitions with immediate effect for bringing the game to disrepute.”

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Naija Ratels FC Congratulates Rivers Angels On 7th NWFL Premiership Title

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Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Championship side, Naija Ratels FC has sent a congratulatory message to the 2021 NWFL Premiership Champions Rivers Angels on their recent success at the just concluded NWFL Premiership Super 6 held at the Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu-Ode, Sportivation.com.ng reports.

The ‘Jewels of Rivers secured their 7th league title on Sunday after recording three victories and two draws in the NWFL Premiership Super 6. Three 4-0 wins over Bayelsa Queens, Edo Queens and Sunshine Queens and two draws against FC Robo Queens and Delta Queens ensured they won the title consecutively.

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Naija Ratels Boss, Barrister Paul Edeh in a congratulatory message he personally signed, commended the club for the feat, nothing such success came through extremely hard work and determination.

“I want to specifically say that Rivers Angels deserved the league title just as every other team that participated at the Super 6.

“They have been very consistent and am not surprised that they showed more determination after drawing their first two games.

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“On behalf of everyone at Naija Ratels, I heartily congratulate the League Champions and encourage them to be a good representative of the country in the WAFU Zone B Qualifiers and the Champions League proper later in the year.”

Rivers Angels have won the league title 7 times. 1994, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2021. They will represent Nigeria at the maiden edition of the CAF Women Champions League, with the WAFU Zone B Qualifiers, which will take place in Ivory Coast in June 2021.

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NWFL Super 6: Rivers Angels Retain NWFL Premiership Title

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Rivers Angels emerged winner of the NWFL Premiership again after defeating Sunshine Queens 4-0 at the Otunba Dipo Dina international Stadium, Ijebu-ode on Sunday evening. 

In a well attended final day of the NWFL Premiership Super 6, FC Robo Queens played out a 1-1 draw with Delta Queens, while Bayelsa Queens recorded their first victory in the Super 6 with a 3-0 win over Edo Queens. 

Rivers Angels Angels young forward Oghenebrume Ikhekua opened scoring in the 2nd minute, her fifth in the 2021 NWFL Premiership Super 6.

The ‘Betty Babes’ troubled Rivers Angels later on, taking over control of the game, with the trio of Abideen’ Suliat, Okah Adaobi and Idoko Mercy all finding space to net an equalizer. 

However, the ‘Jewel of Rivers’ doubled their lead just before the half-time break, as Vivian Ikechuchwu find the right angle from a close range to give the Edwin Okon’s side a guaranteed lead going into the break.

Alice Ogebe scored a beauty in the 63rd minute, rounding off three Sunshine Queens defenders, before slotting in perfectly and the final goal came in the 79th minute through diminutive forward, Maryann Ezeanagu to round up a classical score line in the final game of the NWFL Premiership Super 6.

In a well attended final ceremony, which was graced by the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, NFF first Vice President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Phillip Shuaibu, NFF Board Members, Alhaji Ahmed Fresh, Sheriff Rabiu Inuwa, Alhaji Ganiyu Majekodunmi and Nigeria Referee Association Boss, Alhaji Tade Azeez and other dignitaries. 

The Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode noted that she is satisfied with the quality of games played in the Championship and remained optimistic that Nigerian representatives at the CAF Women Champions League will represent the country well starting from the WAFU Qualifiers.

Rivers Angels topped with 11 points, while Delta Queens ended second with 9 points, FC Robo Queens followed closely in third position with 8 points, while Sunshine Queens in 4th position finished with 7 points, Bayelsa Queens and Edo Queens ended with 5 points and 3 points respectively.

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