Chairperson of the NWFL Aisha Falode says the 2019 Champions Shield was unavoidably delayed, until after the season got underway, but has argued that the exhibition game is still relevant.
On Saturday, 2018 League champion Bayelsa Queens defeated the 2018 Aiteo Cup winners Rivers Angels, 2-0, to lift the second edition of the Shield.
Falode, though, admits that more can be done to ensure women’s football competitions are organized properly and consistent with global standards.
“The champions shield should have been started before the kick start of the season, but the delay from our key sponsors slowed the process till now,” the NWFL Chief told footballlive.ng.
“There was nothing we could do about it, but we now have to come up with what we called consistency in a competition in other for you to build a brand for sponsorship.
“It won’t be nice for us to confront a sponsor concerning the competition saying we have it last year and couldn’t do it this year, it leaves a gulf in between, as far as marketing strategies are concerned, that’s a no no.”
She also hinted more women football competitions are in the concept stages. They will be introduced in a bid to promote the game in Nigeria and make it more glamorous.
“We also need to create more competitions for the women’s game, which is why we introduced the Super four and introduced the champions shield.
“Very soon we’ll introduce free style football in the Nigeria Women’s league; we have the ideas we know what to do.”