The 16 teams, including those in Nigeria and neighboring country Ghana were on Thursday drawn into four different groups which will compete for honours from October 10 to 24, 2021, at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The tournament which was formerly known as Ratels pre-season championship was re-named the Flying Officers Cup to celebrate and immortalise the late Flying Tolulope Arotile, whose remarkable achievements and impactful story of bravery, courage, heroism and gallantry have continued to provide a beacon of hope and inspiration to many girls who aspire to achieve their dreams regardless the challenges that exists in their quest.
Speaking during the draws, Chairman of Ratels Sports Development Foundation, Barrister Paul Edeh, urged the football community to embrace further quota to increase the number of women in decision making roles in order to help secure the future of the game.
“We have been responsibly preparing for this wonderful event and have done our best for players and everyone coming down here for the Pre-season Championship to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of splendid football feast and of course we hope they will enjoy their stay here in Abuja.
“The time for talking has stopped. We must move on and start to make impact in the development of women’s football.
“Today, I urge the football community to embrace further quotas to increase the number of women in decision making roles in order to help secure the future of the game.
“I am extremely proud that FIFA, the world governing Football body has implemented more positive policies to promote gender equality and foster sports through education in women’s football,” he said.
The official ball for the tournament was revealed featuring various colours and pictures variant of Tolulope Arotile and logo of Ratels Sports Development Foundation.
Naija Ratels FC (hosts)
Ghana Police Ladies FC
Royal Queens FC
FC Robo Queens
Prince Kazeem Eletu Queens FC
Oasis Ladies FC
Nasarawa Amazons FC
Lakeside Queens FC