Some women footballers at the ongoing Nigerian Women Football League Super 4 contest in Benin, Edo State took a break this Wednesday to embark on community development.
The initiative of Aisha Falode was meant encourage young Nigerians that they can effectively combine education with sports.
The players paid a visit to the Emotan Secondary School, Wire Road. The Nigerian Women Football League Vice Chairman, Icheem Margaret, led other board members to join the players.
They are Joe Amene, Mustapha Tahir, Kemisola Adesanya, Hussein Suleiman, Henrietta Ukaigwe, Abdullahi Mustapha, Matilda Otuene and the NWFL Chief Operating Officer, Ayo Abdulrahman.
The players’ representatives from the four clubs in the Super 4 that participated are Tochi Oluehi, Catherine A Kenneth, Charity John and Arit Itu, from Rivers Angels.
Others are Chioma Nwankwo, Nnodim Sarah, Mariah Ibrahim and Igboamalu Chinyere from Nasarawa Amazons.
The urged the female students to embrace sports as they study hard to achieve greatness in their education.
The players, who were introduced one after the other by Ayo Rahalman, told the students numbering over two thousand that their various personal experiences, how playing football and focusing on their education have helped them become the bread winners in their various families.
The players urged the students to go the extra mile in ensuring that they engage in one sport or the other, as this will go a long way in aiding their easy assimilation of studies as sports will enable them to be mentally alert at all times.
The students asked questions on how they can become successful female footballers. The majority of the students of Emotan praised the Aisha Falode-led board and appealed to the leadership of the NWFL to speak to the school authority to detail a sports master that would start teaching them how to play football and compete in other sports as soon as possible.
The NWFL Vice Chairman, Icheem Margaret, promised to take the students’ message to the NWFL Chairperson, who she assured would take urgent steps to make the dreams of the students at Emotan Secondary School come true.