Nigeria Women Premier League to commence on May 21

The women congress has agreed for the country's women topflight season to commence next month, while the second tier will start a week later

The Nigeria Football Federation on Friday in Abuja announced that the Nigeria Women Premier League will kick off its 2015/2016 season on May 21, 2016.

In January, former board's secretary Emmanuel Adesanya had announced February 21 for kick off but the fixed date was no longer feasible due to poor cooperation from participating clubs. 

But at the 2016 Nigeria Women Football League Congress held at Bently Hotel, Abuja, the new commencement date and an abridged league format of nine teams in two different groups were adopted by congress members.

NFF vice president Shehu Dikko declared the congress open and assured the stakeholders the resolve of the footballing body  to make the women's football league commercially viable.

Dikko, who doubles as the LMC boss appealed for the total cooperation of the stakeholders to ensure the anticipated development is achieved in the women's game.

"The NFF is fully committed to embrace new areas to better the [Women] League," Dikko began in opening address at the Congress. 

"We see it as business and this is why we are throwing everything to make it an improved that will be able to attract sponsors and run on its own.

"We enjoin all stakeholders to cooperate with us in this regard, we must all be ready to sacrifice for the good of the game and everyone will be happier in the end," he concluded.

Babagana Kalli, the chairman of the NWFL ad-hoc committee said that the new governance structure will compose of an independent chairman, two chief executive officers and six clubs representatives.

Kalli who doubles as an NFF executive member and Borno State FA chairman, assured the club owners, stakeholders and media of an all-inclusive affairs in the governance of the league.

At the draws supervised by Ayo Abdulrahman, the secretary of the Nigeria's Women Football League, 18 clubs were declared eligible to participate in women elite division for 2015/2016 league season.

In Group A, Pelican Stars, Osun Babes, Tokas Queens, Edo Queens, Nasarawa Amazons, Abia Angels, Ibom Angels, Bayelsa Queens and COD Ladies made the list. 

Reigning champions Rivers Angels, Conflence Queens, FC Robo, Delta Queens, Adamawa Queens, Martin White Doves, Capital City Dove, Taraba Queens and reigning Federation Cup winners Sunshine Queens were drawn in Group B.

The champions for the NWPL 2015/16 season will be decided through the 'champion of champions final' format with winner of group A facing the winner of group B.

Present at the Congress were representatives of the 18 topflight clubs, 28 second tier outfits including former chairperson of the board, Dilichukwu Onyedinma.


NWPL Week 1 Fixtures ( Kick-off May 21, 2016 )

Group A
Osun Babes vs Pelican Stars
Tokas Queens vs Edo Queens
Nasarawa Amazons vs Abia Angels
Bye vs Ibom Angels
Bayelsa Queens vs C.O.D Ladies

Group B
Fc Robo vs Delta Queens
Adamawa Queens vs Bye
Sunshine Queens vs Confluence Queens
Martin White Doves vs Rivers Angels
Capital City Doves vs Taraba Queens