By Yusuf Akinlotan
All is set for the 1st Bolanle Ambode Women Football Championship kick starting on Wednesday at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.
Briefing journalists at the media parley and Draws to commemorate the tournament on Tuesday at theTeslim Bslogun stadium, Surulere Lagos, the Senior Special Assistant to Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Sports, Anthony Adeboye, hinted that female football is an enigma that has been plaguing girls of Lagos State for some time, adding that many parents are not too comfortable with their wards leaving home for trainings and competition in comparison with their male gender.
According to him, one of the two major reasons for organising the championship is for the development of female football in the state.
He said, “Two major reasons is to contribute to the change in the business of female football in Lagos State and this could be attributed first and mainly to the motherly magnanimity of the first Lady of Lagos State.”
He said Mrs Bolanle Ambode placed the issue of girl-child as top priority and this could be observed in all her various programmes that are geared towards uplifting the girl-child to the same pedestal as their male counterparts.
“It is on this premises that she willingly accepted the organization and promotion of this championship that is suitably named after her not to only commemorate her achievements but to also celebrate her as the mother of all the aspiring girl child in Lagos state”
A number of female footballers who have made name in Nigeria and abroad passed through Lagos State footbal campionship and this is part of the achievements of the state’s programme for girl-child
“Asisat Oshola has become a mentor and guiding example to a lot of girls making them realise that they need not only aspire but they can get their game to the highest level in the world,” Adeboye said.
Amongst other notable personalities who graced the media parly were, Chairman, Lagos Island East, Honourable Kamorudeen Bashua,
First Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation,( NFF) Barister Seyi Akinwunmi, ably represented by, Mr Dotun Coker, and chairman Lagos State Sport writers Association of Nigeria, Mr Debo Oshudun.
16 teams including; Dream star ladies, Papa Queens, Jagunmolu Queens, Vision Queens, Lakesides Queen, Fc Phoenix Queens, Goldenswan Queens, Victory Queens, Ijamido Queens, amongst others were drawn to face knockout stage before the quarter and semi final pairing with the final match billed to take place on 29th of April, 2018 at the Agege Stadium.”