ODAHIEKWU OGUNDE, Yenagoa
Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has congratulated the management, players and technical crew of Bayelsa Queens Football Club for emerging champions of the 2021/2022 Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL).
The Bayelsa State-sponsored team trounced five other rivals in the NWFL Super Six Championship, which ended on Sunday in Benin City, Edo State capital.
Diri described the team’s unbeaten run at the championship as a manifestation of the fact that their brilliant performance during the regular season was not a fluke.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, the governor noted that Bayelsa Queens did not just emerge champions, but also put up one of the best overall performances in the history of the competition as they won all their five matches to amass a total of 15 points.
Also, a member of the team, Gift Monday, won the top scorer award with a total of 12 goals while the team’s goalkeeper, Gabrielle Ange Bawou, won the best goalkeeper prize.
The governor, who was full of praises for the team, attributed their brilliant performance to hard work, commitment and focus on the part of the management, the coaches and the players.
He also commended the Aisha Falode-led NWFL Board for organising what he described as a hitch-free competition that produced a true and worthy champion in Bayelsa Queens.
He gave the assurance that the state government would continue to support the team to win more laurels for the state and the country, especially now that it had qualified to represent Nigeria at the West African Football Union (WAFU) Zone B play-off for the second CAF African Women’s Champions League.