Outstanding Edo Queens Wallop Naija Ratels To Kick-off Obaseki Tournament In Style

Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) outfit Edo Queens wallops opponent Naija Ratels to kick-start the 2023 Betsy Obaseki women’s tournament in grand style npflupdates.com reports.

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Host club Edo Queens last weekend emerged victorious in its opening fixture at the ongoing Betsy Obaseki women’s tournament against Naija Ratels. The Benin-based club, defeated the Abuja-based club 3-0 at the Ogbemudia Stadium.

Edo missed several scoring chances in the first half as Naija Ratels goalkeeper made some handsome saves.

Edo Queens wallop Naija Ratels in first fixture of 2023 Betsy Obaseki Tournament.
Edo Queens

Edo Queens Kickstart 2023 Betsy Obaseki Tournament in grand style

However, Chioma Olise broke the deadlock in the 41st minute to put Edo ahead. They further piled more pressure on their opponents which resulted in the second goal by Suliat Abideen five minutes after the break.

Edo Queens Captain, Emem Essien wrapped up the emphatic win with a wonderful strike in the 67th minute.

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Initiator of the tournament and wife of the Edo State Governor, Betsy Obaseki, expressed excitement, in the performances of the team and match officials.

“I want to thank the girls for a good job and defeating their opponents despite missing several scoring chances. I am satisfied with the officiating in the game, as the officials have showed high level of professionalism,” she said as quoted by The PUNCH Nigeria.

“I expect them to win this cup this year. We have a strong team and expect them to win.”

Edo Queens begin Betsy Obaseki Tournament with a big win.

The First Lady, said the tournament is recognised by FIFA, and it aims at putting an end to the violence on girl-child.

“This tournament is recognised by FIFA and happens to be the only one in Africa. Every year, as we organise the competition, we seek to address social vices affecting the girl-child.

“The first year, we fought against human trafficking, the second edition it was against drug abuse and this third edition we are fighting to stop gender-based violence.”

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She added, “We thank you all for taking time to join us at this tournament. We have a whole week for the tournament which will come to an end by the 31st of this month. On the last day of the tournament, we would be having a seminar where experts will be invited to talk to the girls on gender based violence.”

Interestingly, the best player of  the 2023 Betsy Obaseki Women’s Football Tournament (BOWFT) Abideen was given a DSTV decoder courtesy of Tony Umerah.

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