Edo Queens Football Club, Naija Ratels of Abuja and Ogun-based Remo Stars Ladies are set for a riveting showdown in Group A of the third edition of the Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT), scheduled to commence tomorrow, Monday, October 23rd, 2023.
The teams are among the 13 prominent teams from the Nigerian Women's Football League (NWFL) to battle for the N60 million aggregate prize during the preseason annual women football tournament to be played at four sports facilities in the State, including the magnificent Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, University of Benin Sports Complex, Western Boys Mini-Stadium and the Edo State College of Nursing and Health Sciences Mini-Stadium.
In the Group B, Nasarawa Amazons, Bayelsa Queens, Confluence Queens will slug it out, while FC Robo, Fortress FC, Heartland Queens, and Rivers Angel were drawn in Group C
Also, Delta Queens, Ekiti Queens and Osun Babes FC will be clashing for the top spot in Group D of the tournament.
Speaking to newsmen at the weekend, in Benin City, the Chairman, Communications Sub-Committee for the tournament, Crusoe Osagie, said all is set for the hosting of the preseason tournament which promises to be an unforgettable sporting spectacle.
The tournament, in its third edition is an initiative of the Edo State First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki in collaboration with private sector partners to groom and empower the girl-child, and engender grassroots sports development in Edo State and Nigeria, while promoting causes that raise awareness about and discourage social vices.
This year’s edition with the theme, "End Gender-Based Violence," is targeted at raising awareness and generating public interest in the need to eradicate gender-based violence in all its forms and spotlight the efforts undertaken by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led State Government over the past seven years to combat gender-based violence in the State.
Activities lined up for the commencement of the 2023 edition kicked off on Friday with the draws and official unveiling of the mascot and theme song of the tournament, at the Presidential Villa, in Government House, Benin City.