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Nigeria Women Premier League

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The Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) is the top level league for women's association football in Nigeria.[1][2] It is the women's equivalent of the men's league, the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).[3][4] The Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) organizes the Nigeria Women Premier League and the Nigeria Women Pro-league. In November 2017, Aisha Falode was elected chairperson of the league board, and was officially designated in January 2017.[5]

Nigeria Women Premier League
NWFL LOGO.jpg
Founded1990
Country Nigeria
ConfederationCAF
Domestic cup(s)Nigerian Women's Cup
Champions Shield
Most championshipsPelican Stars (7 titles)
Websitenwfl.com.ng
2019 Nigeria Women Premier League

HistoryEdit

Women's football in Nigeria started in 1978 with the foundation of the NIFFOA (Nigeria Female Football Organising Association), renamed NIFFPA (Nigeria Female Football Proprietors Associations) in 1979, and joined by clubs like Jegede Babes, Ufuoma Babes, Larry Angels, Kakanfo Babes and others. The first championship was organised by the NFA in 1990. Ufuoma Babes were dominant in the 1990s, before succumbing to Pelican stars, who won the league between 1997-02. By the 2010s, Rivers Angels became more frequent in the super tournaments, a mini tournament held annually among the top placed teams, to determine the overall winner for the league. Despite the high frequency of the abridged format over the years, the 2014 league season saw a straight round robin season in determining the league winners, however by 2015, there was a reintroduction of the group system.

FormatEdit

The women's top division league in Nigeria usually follow an abridged format with a super tournament at the end of the season. The top teams in each group (sometimes 1, 2 or 3) will form the super tournament at the end of the regular season to determine the overall winner of league. The last placed teams are normally relegated to the second division, while promoted teams from the lower division are also admitted into the league. Despite the high frequency of the abridged format over the years, the 2014 league season saw a straight round robin season in determining the league winners, however by 2015, there was a reintroduction of the group system.

ChampionsEdit

Most successful clubsEdit

Club Champions Runners-Up Winning Seasons Runners-Up Seasons
Pelican Stars FC (Calabar)
7
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005
Rivers Angels SC (Port Harcourt)
4
1994, 2014, 2015, 2016
Ufuoma Babes (Warri)
4
1992, 1993, 1995, 1996
Delta Queens FC (Asaba)
4
2003, 2008, 2009, 2011
Bayelsa Queens (Yenagoa)
4
2004, 2006, 2007, 2018
Nasarawa Amazons (Nasarawa)
2
2013, 2017
Jedege Babes (Lagos)
1
1990

Individual honoursEdit

Top scorersEdit

Year Player Team Goals
2013 Asisat Oshoala Rivers Angels 6 goals
2014 Amarachi Orjinma Pelican Stars 17 goals
2015 Rofiat Sule Bayelsa Queens 11 goals
2016 Rofiat Sule Bayelsa Queens 9 goals
2017 Reuben Charity
Rasheedat Ajibade
Ibom Angels
FC Robo
8 goals
2018 Anam Imo Nasarawa Amazons 8 goals

Player of the SeasonEdit

Year Player Team
2016 Rofiat Sule Bayelsa Queens
2017 Rasheedat Ajibade FC Robo
2018 Anam Imo[29] Nasarawa Amazons

NotesEdit

  1. ^ There was no Super tournament this season but Pelican Stars topped group A, while Rivers Angels topped group B in the regular season

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Onigbinde optimistic about better Women's league". Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Nigeria Women Football League Incorporated". Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  3. ^ "NFF wants Dame Jonathan to lead Falcons to Canada". Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Flourishing league kicks off again". BBC. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Falode, Okenwa head new NNL, NWFL boards". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  6. ^ "Women: Nigeria: Championship". sports123.com. Archived from the original on 28 November 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Nigeria - List of Women Champions". RSSSF. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  8. ^ "The forgotten Falcon".
  9. ^ "No plans to resurrect Ufuoma Babes- Kuejebola". Futaa.com. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  10. ^ a b c "Africa: Ufuoma Babes Face Disbandment". PM News. December 31, 1998. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  11. ^ "Delta are women league champs". SuperSport. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  12. ^ "2009 Nigeria Women League Final". TideOnline.com. Tide News Website. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Football".
  14. ^ "Rivers Angels Eye more Trophy". TideOnline.com. The Tide News Website. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  15. ^ https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/sunday/index.php/component/content/article/19-sport/fever-pitch/2531-women-20102011-football-league-season-begins-jan-8
  16. ^ "Rivers roast Ibom Queens in Cup tie". Super Sport. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  17. ^ https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/39652463
  18. ^ "Nigeria: Delta Queens Win 2012 Women's League Super-Six". Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  19. ^ "Women's Premier League a reality".
  20. ^ "Rivers, Delta Do Battle For Women League Title In Super 6 Final". 2012.
  21. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/4093/nigeria/2014/02/08/4601741/nasarawa-amazons-are-nigeria-women-league-champions
  22. ^ http://thenationonlineng.net/nasarawa-amazons-upset-rivers-angels-to-lift-league-trophy/
  23. ^ Ahmadu, Samuel (November 27, 2014). "Rivers Angels are Nigeria women league champions". Goal.com. Retrieved 2017-10-14.
  24. ^ "Rivers Angels retain Nigeria Women Premier League title". Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  25. ^ "Abia hosts 2015 Nigeria Women Premier League Super Six". Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  26. ^ https://www.channelstv.com/2017/01/23/nwfl-obuah-congratulates-rivers-angels-for-emerging-as-winners/
  27. ^ http://www.thetidenewsonline.com/2017/01/23/amazons-promise-to-win-domestic-double-next-season/
  28. ^ "Bayelsa Queens get N22m from Governor Dickson for NWPL title win". Pulse.
  29. ^ "Annam Imo named NWPL Player of the Season". Sport Compass. Retrieved 2019-02-08.

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