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Can Bayelsa Queens redeem Nigeria’s fading glory?

Formerly established as Garden City Angels by Elder John Pinaowei in Port Harcourt in 1998, the club was later renamed Bayelsa Queens in 2000. This follows the home return of founder Pinaowei the same year and instant funding by the then Bayelsa State Government.

Since the government’s full takeover in 2003, Bayelsa Queens has continued to unearth and attracted stars, among whom are African title winners like Nigeria captain Onome Ebi, goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, late Ifeanyi Chiejine, Precious Dede and Francisca Ordega.

Bayelsa won their first Nigerian Women’s Premier League title a year after the government takeover and celebrated the fifth league diadem in 2022 and the Women’s Federation Cup twice before WAFU B Champions League qualifiers in 2022 triumph.

I know it’s going to be very difficult, but we promise to give our best.”

The Yenegoa outfit will face off with holders Mamelodi Sundowns, Egyptian champions Wadi Degla and TP Mazembe in Group B and Mary Aderemi feel their chances are bright.

“We will give our best to make our state and the nation proud, our priority is the trophy but hard work and focus is the main thing that leads to victory,” Aderemi, who scored one and gave three assists in the WAFU B qualifier, told

One of the secrets behind their regional success, the Commissioner of Sports, Daniel Igali attributed to the huge support the team is enjoying from the Bayelsa state government.

“We have a good team, we have good coaches, a dedicated management and a talented and determined team,” Igali, who doubles as Nigeria Wrestling president, told

“The recent successes can largely be attributed to the enormous support from the state government. We had every confidence that the team we have assembled was capable of making Bayelsa and Nigeria proud.

“Bayelsa Queens are the best-remunerated women’s club in Nigeria. We will ensure that we keep the momentum of successes already achieved and give all necessary support for the team to give their best in Morocco.”

Bayelsa will start their campaign against African champions Mamelodi Sundowns at the Stade de Marrakech on October 31, before locking horns with TP Mazembe three days later and the final group tie with Wadi Degla on November 6.

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