This past weekend is definitely one Rafiat Sule would not forget in a hurry after she was, at two different events, duly recognised for her outstanding performance in the Nigeria Women Premier League last season.
At the second edition of the Ladies in Sports Conference held in Lagos on Friday the 9th of June, 2017, the striker was one of three awardees who received 50,000 naira each for their efforts last season. While defending the colours of Bayelsa Queens at the time, Sule emerged as highest goal scorer with nine goals. The other two beneficiaries of the grants are Rita Akarekor (Best goalkeeper) and Alice Ogebe (Most Valuable Player).
The following night at the fourth Nigeria Pitch Awards that was staged in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Sule, who now plies her trade at Rivers Angels, clinched the award for the Most Valuable Player in the NWPL, beating off competition from Osinachi Ohale and Chioma Wogu.
Speaking to naijafootballplus via telephone, Sule expressed her gratitude.
“It means a lot to me. I am really, really grateful that I won a double over the weekend because I never expected that. So I thank the organisers of the LIS and the Pitch Awards. I am very, very grateful. I really appreciate them for the award.”
She may not have found the back of the net yet in this current campaign but Sule still has eyes set on finishing the season as highest goal scorer and she believes she can achieve that with “the support of my teammates and my coaches.”
When asked the number of goals she is targeting for the second stanza, Sule laughed a little and then said: “Actually, I have 10 in mind but you know the matches are not much but I know by the grace of God something positive will come out in the end.”
Sule only has six matches to score the ten goals she has in mind and she has the opportunity of opening her account against her former side, Bayelsa Queens in Nembe, when the season resumes on June 21.
In the meantime, Ibom Angels’ Charity Reuben currently tops the goal scorers’ chart with five goals heading into the second round of the season.