…as Edo Queens is yet to be registered for 2017/18 League season
BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN
In recent times the Ego State Government under the leadership of Governor Godwin Obaseki has given a boost to female national football teams representing the country in international competitions.
To this effect the state government has hosted such national female teams matches at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin catering for the players and officials accommodation in choice hotels; their feeding; match bonuses; allowances of the coaches and match officials among others. The expenses running into several millions of natural.
But the state government has not thought it reasonable to register Edo Queens, the state representatives in the National Women League, for the 2017/2018 season which is billed to commence in a couple of weeks.
Feelers from the national office of the female football authorities in Abuja reaching The Post is that despite series of letters and even reminders to the state government via the sports ministry nothing positive has been forthcoming as the state government is exhibiting total lack of concern about the issue.
Our source stated that if nothing positive is forthcoming from the Edo State Government then the Edo Queens may end up missing out from the league season which result in its relegation to the lower rungs of the female football league in 2018/2019 season.
“Funny enough, Edo Queens is the only side in the top league of the country’s female football that is yet to be registered for the season,” our source divulged.
Meanwhile, mum was the word when The Post went to the sports managers of Edo State Sports Council for confirmation of our findings.
“Take your enquiries to the commissioner in charge of sports or directly to the government house for more information. As a civil servant, I need the permission of my superiors to speak to the press which I don’t have presently,” a top ranking sports manager in the state, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Post.