Twelve elite female football league clubsides will square up against each other for a week-long N10 million prize money in the maiden edition of Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT) taking place in Benin, Edo State.
Wife of the Edo State Governor, Betsy Obaseki, explained that “the theme of the tournament “Promoting the Girl Child” is in tandem with the state government’s efforts in giving the female child a pride of place.
She said: “The tournament will afford our girls the opportunity to showcase their skills, serve as mentorship for those aspiring for future careers in sports as well as promote the development of women football at the grassroots.
“The Theme, “Promoting The Girl Child,” is timely because prior to the inception of my husband’s administration as the Governor, human trafficking was rife in Edo State with Edo occupying the ignoble position as being the foremost of this illicit trade.
“Five years down the line, Edo has moved to number five in the nation, owing to the commitment of my husband’s administration with a human face in job creation, infrastructural development, human capital development and the sheer will to tackle these societal menace head long through innovative solutions”.
The Edo First Lady disclosed that the full list of the participating teams include Edo, Bayelsa, Sunshine, Heartland, Royal, Confluence, Kaduna Queens, Naija Ratels, Fortress Ladies, Rolly FC, Rivers Angels and Robo FC.
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“The upcoming maiden edition of BOWFT is scheduled to hold in the ancient city of Benin between Sunday, September 26, through Monday, October 4, 2021.
“Four venues have been scheduled to host this tournament. These are the University of Benin Sports Complex, Western Boys High School, School of Health Technology Football Complex and the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
“The draws for the tournament will hold that same day under the full glare of the media and will be streamed live online to ensure credibility and transparency.
“The first matches would be played in the morning at the three earlier mentioned venues on Monday, September 27 while the opening event will hold at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium at 4pm featuring the last match of the day.
“The finals of the tournament will be played on Sunday, October 3, 2021 after which trophies and consolation prizes will be handed over to participating clubs” she added.
Throwing more light on the prize money, the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu, said while the tournament champion gets N3 million, the first and second runners up will get N2 million and N1 million respectively.
Shuaibu, while assuring that the tournament will comform with international best practices, also announced that all the other participating teams will smile home with N500,000 each.