*Hoping to engage youths through sports
Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, has rewarded the Super Falconets of Nigeria with a cash gift of five million Naira for beating Tanzania 3-0 in the home tie of the U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifier that was played in Benin City on Saturday.
Rasheedat Ajibade’s brace plus Lilian Tule’s opener ensured the Christopher Danjuma’s ladies overcame their visitors at the packed Samuel Ogbemudia stadium.
Obaseki, who hosted the delegations of Nigeria and Tanzania for a dinner party at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, said hosting the encounter was in support of women football and the interest to bring back to glory of sports to the state.
He backed the Falconets to subdue the east Africans in the second leg in Dar-es-Salaam, adding that the cash donation was made to spur the girls to the next stage.
“Certainly, we hope to hosts the Super Falconets again. This is the first time in a long while we are hosting a national team,” Obaseki told media.
“Edo state government believe in engaging youths through sports and hosting the girls will encourage other young ones to emulate them by building their talents.
“The standard of the match was very high and simply incredible. I was very impressed with the pace, style and accuracy of our girls.
“Certainly, we can see they are the better side – just that they need to be a lot more confident, stable and definitely, they are going to win in Tanzania.
“The donation is a token of support from the state government to the players for making us proud beating Tanzania and motivate them to win the second leg. We will be happy to welcome more teams in Benin.”
He further assured that the state is ready to host this year’s Nigeria Women Premier League Super Four tournament scheduled to hold from 9th to 14th October in Benin City.