Flying Officer’s Cup Goes International… As Ratels Clash With Ghana Police In Opener

October 08 20:23 2021

Benedict Nwachukwu, Abuja

The Flying Officer’s Cup pre-season tournament has received international acceptance as new entrant to the Nigeria Women Football League premier division, Ratel FC trade tackles with Ghana Women Football League winners Police team in the opening game of the third edition.

The yearly tournament which is organized to immortalize Nigeria’s heroin Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile was formerly known as Ratels pre-season championship but was renamed the Flying Officer Cup tournament after her demise.

Flying Officer Arotile’s remarkable Achievements and impactful story of bravery, courage , heroism and gallantry has continued to provide a beacon of hope and inspiration to many girls who aspire to achieve their dreams regardless the challenges that exists in their quest.

The 16 teams, which comprises teams in Nigeria and neighboring country Ghana were on Thursday drawn into four different groups which will compete for honours from the 10th to the 24th of October 2021, at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

Speaking at draws, Chairman Ratels Sports Development Foundation, Barrister Paul Edeh urge the football community to embrace further quotas to increase the number of women in decision making roles in order to help secure the future of the game.

“We have been responsibly preparing for this wonderful event and have done our best for players and everyone coming down here for the Pre-season Championship to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of splendid football feast and of course we hope they will enjoy their stay here in Abuja.

The time for talking has stopped. We must move on and start to make impact in the development of women’s football.

Today, I urge the football community to embrace further quotas to increase the number of women in decision making roles in order to help secure the future of the game.

I am extremely proud that FIFA, the world governing Football body has implemented more positive policies to promote gender equality and foster sports through education in women’s football.”

The official ball for the tournament was revealed featuring various colours and pictures variant of Tolulope Arotile and logo of Ratels Sports Development Foundation.

The Nigeria Football Federation represented by Assistant Director in the technical department, Mrs Faith Ben-Anuge commended the Chairman of the Foundation on his commitment to the development of women football in Nigeria and beyond.

GROUP A:

Naija Ratels FC (hosts)
Ghana Police Ladies FC
Royal Queens FC
Honey Badgers

GROUP B:

Bayelsa Queens
FC Robo Queens
Osun Babes
Prince Kazeem Eletu Queens FC

GROUP C:

Rivers Angels
Confluence Queens
Sunshine Queens
Oasis Ladies FC

GROUP D:

Nasarawa Amazons FC
Edo Queens
Lakeside Queens FC
Dannaz Ladies.

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