By Sandra Nwokocha –
The management of Confluence Queens Football Club of Lokoja, says the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has handed the team a ‘not favourable’ venue in the semi-final of the 2015 Nigeria Women’s Federation Cup.
The Wada Queens qualified to their first ever semi-final of the competition after edging out favourites and defending champions Rivers Angels at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium, Enugu, and will now face Bayelsa Queens at the Oleh Township Stadium in Delta State.
Reacting to the semi-final ticket and venue, spokesperson of the club, Tosin Ojo, questioned the NFF on why it fixes the match at Bayelsa United’s temporary adopted state (Delta).
“We have come this far in this year’s Nigeria Women Federation Cup, though no one gave us a chance against Rivers Angels, who are the favorites and defending champions of the competition. I will say our progress was due to hard-work and determination on the part of our players and technical crew.”
Ojo, further expressed the team’s displeasure over the choice of venue for their semi-final clash with Bayelsa Queens, saying Confluence Queens will be obviously be playing Bayelsa Queens at home.
“The Federation Cup is supposed to be played at a neutral ground, but to our dismay, the Confluence Queens and Bayelsa Queens semi-final encounter has been fixed for Oleh Township stadium, and we are aware of Bayelsa Queens’ borrowed home ground, Oghara is located in Delta state, which is not fair to us.”
“We are not scared of playing there, but both teams should have equal favour as regard the choice of venue. Let me believe there is a kind of mix-up somewhere. Maybe the NFF is not aware of the fact that Oghara is Bayelsa Queens’ temporary home ground,” Ojo said.
Ojo concluded by saying that: “Oghara is located in Delta state, and Bayelsa Queens already have familiarity with the Delta State F.A officials, Match officials and fans in the state. NFF need to do something to ensure equity, neutrality and fairness to both clubs.”