Draws for Betsy Obaseki tourney hold tomorrow, as 13 teams battle for pre-season glory

5 Sep 2022

The draws for the second edition of the Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT) will take place tomorrow, in Benin City, Edo State capital.

The draws are scheduled to hold at the New Festival Hall, Government House, Benin City, the Edo State capital.

A total of 13 female football teams are set to compete for glory at this year’s edition of the annual tournament scheduled to kick off from Wednesday, September 7, 2022 through to Saturday, September 17, 2022

The winner of the tournament, focused on driving the government’s campaign against drug abuse, will smile home with N5million, while the first and second runner ups will get a cash reward of N2.5million and N1.5 million respectively.

The Chairman of the BOWFT Media and Communications Sub-Committee, Crusoe Osagie, while addressing journalists in Benin City, said the draws will set out the participating teams in different groups.

He added that the draws will take place by 6pm in Government House and will be graced by critical stakeholders in Nigeria’s women football industry and the larger sporting community.

Earlier, while inspecting facilities ahead of the games opening, the Edo First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, said the state was ready for the successful hosting of the tournament and the players are ready to do better than they did last year.

She noted, “We have private and corporate sponsors. The first edition was world-class and we got international recognition from FIFA for our effort. We will improve on it this year. We plan to have other activities aside from football. The competition is not all about football.”

Betsy Obaseki said the competition last year focused on human trafficking, adding, “This year, it will be focusing on combating drug abuse in Nigeria. We will have discussions around the topic with our young girls and also invite secondary school students to have interactions with us.”