The advice was made at the Sapphire Nigeria Women Football Supporters Club (SNWFSC) seminar tagged ‘Embrace Football, Say No To Drugs’ for women’s footballers in Benin.
Nigeria Female Players have been advised to shun drugs and other social vices.
The advice was given at the Sapphire Nigeria Women Football Supporters Club (SNWFSC) seminar tagged ‘Embrace Football, Say No To Drugs’ for women’s footballers in Benin.
Mrs. Sabina Chikere, the chairperson of Bendel Insurance and Edo Queens, and the permanent secretary of the Edo State Sports Commission (ESSC) were present at the ceremony, which was held during the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Nationwide.
Also, NWFL staff, Arit Robert (Nigeria U-17 secretary), Dr Wole Opatola (Accomplished veteran sports journalist), Moses Bako (Renowned women’s football advocate) Samuel Ahmadu (CAF Media), and women’s players from different club sides in Nigeria.
SNWFSC set to raise social vices from women’s football
The President of SNWFSC, Jadesola Adelabu claimed that rather than only supporting them on the field of play, the club's main goal is to use football to eradicate social vices from women's football in Nigeria.
Adelabu believes Football can be utilized to discourage drug usage because of the potential negative career consequences.
“In some countries of the World, Sports especially Football has become a unifier of people of different race. Sport is also seen to be a force that amplifies women’s voice and tear down gender barrier and discrimination.
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“There’s good evidence that women's participation in sports has helped to improve our self-esteem. Which has further contributed o the development of leadership skills for women.
“The choice of Football as a carrier for the Nigerian Girl Child can prevent the non-intake or abuse of drugs.
“It’s our mandate and dreams at SNWFSC that we will continually be an advocacy vessel for the development of women’s Football, which can be used as a development tool that can wipe away social vices from women’s football in Nigeria.
“I want to sincerely appreciate the NWFL COO, Mrs Modupe Shabi for giving the nod for us to have this impactful seminar to educate the girl child.”
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