Yakubu Uzoma Muhammad
After signing a Partnership Deal with an Independent Energy Company operating in the Downstream, Midstream and Upstream sectors of the energy industry known as Tulcan Energy Resources Limited, ahead of The 2022 Nigeria Women Football League Premiership, the partnership between Tulcan Energy and the Aisha Falode led board has no doubt given the competition a huge boost
With this deal, the new sponsors are set to provide kits for the participating teams and also price money of 5 Million Naira for the winners, 3 Million Naira for the Runner Up and 2 Million Naira for the second runners up.
The Super 6 is a competition that comprises the top 3 teams of the NWFL Two (2) both the Northern and Southern groups. With Nasarawa Amazons, Edo Queens and Naija Ratels finished first, second and third respectively in Group A, while Bayelsa Queens, Rivers Angels and Delta Queens finished the same too in Group B.
Teams have been beefing up their respective squads ahead of the competition, with the likes of Bayelsa Queens bringing three players, namely Super Falcons Midfielder, Joy Bokiri (23) a returnee from AIK Women in Sweden, another Super Falcons striker Monday Gift (21) on loan from FC Robo and Zambian striker Natasha Witika (24) from Tiger Queens of Tanzania.
Rivers Angels brought in Kehinde Deborah from Abia Angels, Tosin Ogundeko from Royal Queens and Goal Keeper Elizabeth Nwachukwu from Osun Babes.
Super 6 debutants Naija Ratels weren’t left out as they signed Rukayat Shobowale and Taiwo Lawal from FC Robo Queens.
Delta Queens have so far brought in Shade Ijamilusi from FC Robo Queens and Joy Michael from Confluence Queens. While Home side Edo Queens also acquired the services of two FC Robo Queens players in Esther Oyenezide and Shukurat Oladipo.
Defending Champions Rivers Angels will be looking to defend the title that they won last year at Ijebu Ode after topping the table, thereby going on to represent Nigeria at the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League in November last year. Rivers Angels who got off her continental campaign with a disappointing 0-3 defeat against Asfar of Morocco, then went on to lose to Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies 0-1 in the second game.
But a 4-0 thrashing of Vihiga wasn’t enough for the Port Harcourt based team to qualify from the group. Which was after losing 3-1 to Ghana’s Hassacas Ladies at the First West African Football Union (WAFU-B) pre-2021 CAF Women’s Champions League tournament.
But favourites and Group A table-toppers Nasarawa Amazons will definitely have other ideas as they are statistically the best team in coming into this competition after scoring the highest number of goals in the regular season with (24), and also conceded the least number of goals (6) same number as Bayelsa Queens.
Group B table toppers and last season’s Aiteo Cup winners Bayelsa Queens will want to make amends for their dismal Super 6 performance last year. They will be hoping that their improved Defence will do the trick for them this year after conceding the least number of Home goals (1) in the regular season.
While Edo Queens will be banking on Home support to win the competition, after finishing second in Group A and also scoring (22) goals in the regular season. The Wemimo Mathew’s tutored side conceded (3) Home goals in the regular season only Nasarawa Amazons and Bayelsa Queens conceded fewer goals at home.
Delta Queens a team that finished third in Group B will be banking on their Defence if they are to emerge champions after conceding (3) goals away from home, the least in the division, with only Rivers Angels matching such feat.
While Newcomers and surprise package Naija Ratels will be hoping to replicate their away form of scoring (7) goals. But they will have to defend better if they’re to spring a surprise in the competition. After conceding (8) away goals, (3) more than Edo Queens and Bayelsa Queens with (5) each.
The Super 6 tournament will kick off on the 16th to 22nd of May, 2022.
The winner of the league format competition will go on to represent Nigeria on the continent later this year.