2018 Bet9jaSociaLiga finalists in the Women’s league, SCN Ladies, have confirmed a change of name ahead of the 2019 season, thesocialiga.com reports.
The Foundation Ladies, who surprised everyone last season by getting to the final, will now be known as Alimosho Football Club, according to their owner and manager, Teslim Sanni.
“We now have a new management and it shall be known as Alimosho Football Club (Comprising of both male and female teams), ” Sanni told thesocialiga.com.
Established in 2015 as a male team (SCN Foundation), SCN Ladies joined the ranks two years later [in 2017] with a charitable goal of simply playing the game they love to raise awareness for Sickle Cell Anaemia.
However, just a year after making their Bet9jaSociaLiga debut, the club has decided that a new name is necessary following an eye-opening experience at the SociaLiga.
Speaking further on the development, Sanni says the competitive nature of the Bet9jaSociaLiga and the attraction of new fans from the Alimosho area were key issues behind the decision to change their name.
“The initial goal was definitely not to be a competitive team. We only wanted to get Ladies who were interested in an active lifestyle to play charity games especially for Sickle Cell Awareness.”
“However, we were always pitched against opponents who had better training regimens. It started killing the moral of the girls so they also started inviting ballers and girls who could hold their own.
“We joined Socialiga to just have fun but Socialiga was a different animal. We realized we needed to be competitive enough to get any good reviews, to attract fans.”
“This was not a community kick about, this was more business like.”
The football administrator added that Alimosho had been on the cards even before the final game of the 2018 season and while it is now more of a business to him and the management, they remain committed to their charitable works.
“Alimosho FC had been brewing even before the socialiga season ended, ” he added. “We are moving away from being just a charity team to be more competitive. The business side of football comes with a great fanbase [and] because we are from Alimosho, we are building a football brand for the city.”
“Basically, AFC is a football project for us [and] we have learnt so many things through football.”
“We are definitely going to be more charitable here. In fact we play charity games on weekends that fall on a WHO celebration. [But] we need a unified force to be relevant to our sponsors and fans.”
“AFC is a team built on the concept of Community. It’s for the fans,” he concluded.
AFC Ladies were beaten 1-0 by Knights Ladies in the final of the 2018 Bet9jaSociaLiga season.