By: Kate Obi/Kaduna
The Board Member of State owned female football team, Kaduna Queens, Honourable Hadiza Yahuza, has said the team is being groomed to feature in Super Falcons and several clubs internationally among the girls that would not only make the state proud, but Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
The Board member who is also the Chairperson, Interim Management Committee, (IMC) Chikun Local Government Area, while fielding questions from newsmen after a surprised visit to the team during training on Sunday evening assured that the board members will do their best to ensure that the welfare of the girls are adequately taken care of.
According to her, the team just came back from a competition and was impressed by their performance, even though she believes that in future they would do better.
“I sees several potential stars that would feature for the Super Falcons and several clubs internationally among the girls; l assure the board members of Kaduna Queens will do their best to ensure that the welfare of the girls are adequately taken care of.
“This is why we are investing in them, so that they can become great players known all over the world in future.
“The young girls just came back from a competition, by the time they go again, we believe they will do better,” she said.
Also, Vice Chairman of the club, Comrade Umar Saleh, popularly known as ‘coach’ said they saw the need to float a female professional team and bought a slot.
“We decided to buy a slot of the female team because Kaduna doesn’t have one. With the contributions of our Senatorial Candidate Kaduna Central, and advice given to His Excellency, we know we would do better in sports and other aspects,” he added.
The Kaduna Queens Team Coordinator, Coach Aminu Makarfi, said that they just arrived from the Aiteo Female Cup where they were eliminate in the round of 16.
“We just came back from Aiteo Federations Cup where we crashed out in Edo State at the round of 16.
“We also participated in the Nigerian Female Professional League, where we finished second in our group in Abuja centre,” he said.
On why they crashed out in the Round of 16 in the Aiteo Cup, he blamed it on insufficient preparations.
“The issue is that they tried their best but lack of preparation on time affected our chances in the tournament. Next season, the team will prepare well,” he assured.
He appealed to the State Government to take charge and full sponsorship of the team, disclosing that presently, the board members are solely responsible for the team’s funding.
“We call on the government to assist in that aspect. We really thank the board members for their support because they put everything in order, especially Hajiya Yahuza who is a board member and the Vice Chairman, Comrade Saleh, and the Kaduna State FA Chairman, Alhaji Sheriff Alkassim, who is also making efforts to ensure that the team is doing well.”
It was reliably gathered that the team which is owned by the Kaduna State Government is presently being sponsored by the board members.