By John Kayode
Sunshine Queens FC team Manager, Kehinde Odogun has said Ondo State Government is doing a lots of underground work to ensure the team is return to the elite league.
He added that the female team is receiving adequate attention from the government just like their male counterparts (Sunshine Stars).
He averred that there was no discrimination against the female team has been insinuated in some quarters.
He explained that why some people are of such notion that the Management of the team only focused on the Sunshine Stars was because the male team are playing in the Elite League, while the female side are in second division and fans do not see much action from them.
He added that Sunshine Queens have not participated in any competition since last year May that we dropped to the second division due to the structure of the women’s league and that is why we are calling for the restructuring of the female football in the country.
Odogun stated this on a radio program monitored by the Sporting Hope in Akure the state capital.
The team manager,while assuring the fans of the 2015 female Federation Cup champions return to the Nigeria Women Football League this season, enumerated the support receiving from the government which includes; recruitment of quality players, regular payment of their salaries and provision of befitting accomodations.
According to him, “despite the fact that we relegated last season, the players were being paid regularly without slashing of their salaries, no down sizing in fact they gave us go ahead to fortify the team with more quality players that could complement the players on ground to guarantee our return to elite women league.”
“God willing, after our return to the elite league we are not going to start afresh because we did not recruited for the promotion alone we ensured that we fortify the team with quality players that can compete at the highest level.
“Our recruitment was superb and solid with quality players, I can tell you that our head coach, Abimbola Oladimeji has one of the best training program for players not only in the state but the country at large, with all these I can assure our fans that we are coming back and better.
“He said : We are not rulling out the fact we are going to strengthen the team with two or three players at the end of the season, which is normal thing for a serious football team to do”.
Sunshine Queens is one of the best female teams in the country, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Mr Bamidele Ologunloluwa has charged us to go to the play offs in Abuja and ensure that we reclaim our rightful place in the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) and bring back the good old day glory.