Remo Stars of Ikenne now has a women’s outfit. Having a women’s club is one of the conditions that CAF gave the clubs that are competing in both the Champions League and Confederation Cup this season.
Kunle Soname has revealed that a third arm of his football outfit has emerged. Besides the famed Remo Stars, he also has a cadet club, Beyond Limits which competed in the Federation Cup and also featured in competitions in Europe and America.
A female outfit is the third of the clubs under the umbrella of Remo Stars. “We have the Remo Stars Ladies who have just qualified from the amateur cadre of the league to the premier division”, Godwin Enakhena, the spokesman of the Nigeria Premier League Club Owners, quoted Soname as saying.
“I guess many didn’t know this. Watch out for us when the new season begins as Remo Stars Ladies will be as competitive as their male counterparts and will be an example of what a female professional football team will look like”, he revealed.
Nigeria will be represented by champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Enyimba of Aba and second placed Remo Stars of Ikenne in the CAF Champions League, while third placed Rivers United and Federation Cup winners Bendel Insurance of Benin City will do battle in the CAF Confederation Cup respectively.
Enyimba FC have a women’s team known as Abia Angels, Rivers United have Rivers Angels while Bendel Insurance of Benin City have Edo Queens.
Meanwhile, in the draw conducted by CAF on Tuesday in Cairo, Egypt, Enyimba are to face Libya’s Al-Ahly Benghazi in the opening round of the CAF Champions League which kicks off on 18-19 of August, 2023.
Remo Stars will begin their quest for honours in Ghana as they are drawn to face Medeama. The Ghanaians will host the first leg in the weekend of 18 -19 August while the second leg is in Ikenne on either 25 or 26 August.
Federation Cup winners, Bendel Insurance are facing Algeria’s ASO Chlef in the preliminary round while Rivers United who are seeded will face the winner of the tie between Ziguinchor/Etoile Filante preliminary round tie.