Coordinator for national women’s teams, Aisha Falode has challenged team proprietors to emulate the large heartedness of Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
Amaechi recently rewarded Challenge Cup champions, Rivers Angels with cash and car gifts the same as Nigeria Premier League (NPL) champions, Dolphins.
The Caf media committee member told SuperSport.com that the governor’s gesture is worthy of emulation among his colleagues that are financiers of several women clubs.
“What the governor has done is unprecedented in the history of women football, not only did he appreciate the men and women teams equally he has always identify with the national women teams.
“We feel the gesture should not go unnoticed especially as there are many governors who own women teams but hardly pay attention to their welfare.
“We call on the affected governors to have a change of heart, emulate what governor Amaechi has done and take a step further to pay off arrears of salaries, signing-on fees, match bonuses, among others owed to these players,” she said.
Falode observed that it is not sheer coincidence that players of Rivers Angels are dominant in the national teams.
“Rivers Angels’ players are in the Flamingoes, Falconets and Super Falcons.
“These are the gains when players are well taken care of they go all out to give their best.
“Rivers Angels have always been the feeder of our national teams.
“I know we have quality players in other teams but their pitiable conditions have not allowed them to blossom and the nation is paying dearly for it.
“Nations rely on the domestic league to strengthen the national teams and when the domestic front is poorly funded and administered, it rubs off negatively on everybody.
“We pray to have more of the Amaechis for our clubs,” she said.