Abruka Queens of Ilorin, winners of the 8th edition of Princess Maria Arinola Olagunju memorial female inter-state soccer competition were yesterday received by the Chairman of the State FA, Mallam Idris Abdullahi Musa, and commended for blazing the trail in female football development in the state.
The team defeated Oluyole Flaming Queen Ibadan 4-3 on penalties, after playing out a goalless draw at regulation time of the colourful final decided at the Olofa Stadium in Offa on Monday.
Also on Monday, Oluomo Boys of Offa defeated MM Oil & Gas Boys 5-4 on penalties, after playing goalless draw at regulation time, to win the 14th edition of Prince Michael Bolarinwa Olagunju inter-state memorial football competition.
Abruka Queen had earlier beaten Focus Ladies Offa by 3-0 in the semi-finals, before proving their dominance in female football in Kwara in the final.
While receiving the team, Malam Idris Abdullahi Musa congratulated the team for achieving the feat, and charged them to maintain discipline.
He tasked the team to work towards joining forces with other female clubs in the state to form a formidable team which in turn will assist the state government in terms of finance.
The Founder and Matron of Abruka Queens Football Club, Hajia Segilola Alaya praised the FA boss, for his unwavering support to the development of female football, while seeking for total support ahead of an invitation to represent North Central in Lokoja in a football championship coming up next year.
Ali Abdullahi Alaya, who led Abruka Queens to Offa for the final match expressed delight at the feat achieved by the club, pledging to sustain the performance.
Abdullahi, who represented the President of the club, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi and the Vice President the club, Mr ibrahim Yusuf thanked the Founder and Matron, Hajia Segilola Alaya for establishing supporting the female football development platform, which he says, has continued to engage the girl child meaningfully.