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Uplifting musical lyrics and a joyful atmosphere reigned inside the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja this weekend as the 2022 Sheroes Cup, a pre-season tournament, came to a close with great fanfare.
The final game of the competition, which was attended by thousands of football enthusiasts including the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Technical Director, Austin Eguavoen, was a thrilling encounter with Edo Queens and Delta Queens, and decided by penalty kicks, Delta Queens taking the day 5-4.
Heading into the shootout, Edo Queens, who were top of the table, controlled most of the proceedings and looked more likely to triumph, but they couldn’t make their superiority in goal count. The match had to be settled by a penalty shootout, of which Delta proved to be the best taker.
Earlier, the Nasarawa Amazons defeated Confluence Queens 2-0 to clinch the bronze medal in the annual competition organized and sponsored by the Ratels Sports Development Foundation (RSDF).
Speaking about the competition, RSDF President Paul Edeh said the just-concluded tournament surpassed previous editions.
Edeh, owner of Naija Ratels, has urged wealthy football enthusiasts to join him in uplifting women’s football in Nigeria by donating to his course.
“I am particularly impressed by the quality of play of the different clubs throughout the competition. The players and officials have shown maturity and character, and that’s how it should be.
“We implored the best of approaches in the organization of the pre-season by ensuring that the best match officials, including the referees, officiated during the tournament and that they really gave a good image of themselves,” he said.