Teams participating in the inaugural Betsy Obaseki women’s football tournament are expected to arrive in Benin on Sunday, organizers said.
The competition, whose theme is “Promoting Girls”, aims to harness the sporting talents of the state and tackle the scourge of irregular migration among adolescent girls.
Edo First Lady Betsy Obaseki, speaking to reporters yesterday in Abuja, said the tournament would run from Sunday September 26 to October 3.
She has listed the participating teams to include Edo Queens, Rivers Angels, Bayelsa Queens, Sunshine Queens, Robo FC, Heartland Queens and Royal Queens. The others are Confluence Queens, Kaduna Queens, Naija Ratels, Fortress Ladies and Rolly FC.
According to her, “Four venues have been scheduled to host this tournament. These are the sports complex of the University of Benin, the Western Boys high school, the football complex of the school of health technology and the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium.
“Twelve prestigious women’s football clubs in the country have confirmed their presence and participation. The teams will arrive in Benin City on Sunday September 26, 2021. ”
Our medical team has been put on standby to perform the rapid test on all players and officials upon arrival, in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. ”
She added: “The tournament draws will take place on the same day under media scrutiny and will be streamed live online to ensure credibility and transparency.
“The first matches will be played in the morning at the three aforementioned venues on Monday September 27, while the opening event will be held at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium at 4:00 pm with the last match of the day.
“The tournament final will be played on Sunday October 3, 2021, after which the trophies and consolation prizes will be awarded to the participating clubs. ”
Regarding the choice of the theme of the competition, the First Lady of Edo said: “Before the establishment of my husband’s administration, human trafficking was rife in Edo State with Edo occupying the despicable position. to be the first state in illicit trade.
“Five years later, Edo has grown to number five in the country, thanks to this administration’s commitment to job creation, infrastructure development, human capital development and an outright desire to tackle this threat head on through innovative solutions. “
“From the start, I look forward to my role, as a support, to tackle this threat and other forms of gender-based violence through various initiatives targeting girls. Among them are Edo Women for Agriculture and Enterprise, Betsy Angels Shelter, Edo Youth Academy, among others.
Ms. Obaseki added, “Our efforts to address gender-based violence have also yielded results, culminating with the inauguration of the Edo State Gender-Based Violence Management Committee, which I chair.
“Sport is not only a career, a means of self-expression, an opportunity for empowerment, but it is also therapy. The Betsy Obaseki Women’s Soccer Tournament will be another real way to achieve this goal as it offers our girls the opportunity to show off their skills and also provide mentors to those who aspire to a future career in Featured Sport, in promoting the sports industry among grassroots women and girls. ”