NWFL: Obuah Congratulates Rivers Angels For Emerging As Winners

NWFL: Obuah Congratulates Rivers Angels For Emerging As Winners The President, and sole sponsor of Go-round Football Club of Omoku, Felix Obuah, has commended the Rivers Angels Football Club of Port Harcourt for winning the 2015/2016 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL).

Obuah, in a statement signed by his Spokesman, Jerry Needam, in Port Harcourt, said the victory of the Rivers Angels is a testimony that they are truly the “undisputable queens of soccer” in the country, having also lifted the 2016 Women Federations Cup.

He applauded the angels for their hard work and determination which he said, crowned their effort with a third consecutive league victory, adding that the proud Rivers ambassadors have also set a record as the only female team to win the NWFL five times.

Obuah, who is also the Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state, added that the victory of the team represents another milestone by Governor Nyesom Wike whose passion for sports development is unrivaled.

He described Wike’s administration as a story of sporting glories, recalling recent achievements by Rivers United FC, who finished second in the Nigeria Professional Football League, as well as the exploit of Rivers Hoopers in the National Basketball League.

Obuah also commended the coaching crew for a job well done, adding that their technical and tactical inputs provided the tonic in the decisive final match against Nasarawa amazons, in which angels won 5-3 on penalties following a deadlock after regulation time.

The go-round FC boss, however charged the girls not to see their victory as the end of the contest but rather a wake-up call for tougher challenges in the new football season.

He also called on the Angels to see themselves as role models for upcoming players in the state and country at large.

“By the feat you just recorded, you have established yourselves as the all-conquering team in the country.

“You are now the team to beat and this singular achievement has imposed a duty on you to work harder to enable you defend both the federations cup and the nwfl shield,” Obuah said.

He then affirmed that the successful defense of these laurels would instill confidence in Governor Wike to do more and take the club to greater heights.

NWFL: Rivers Angels Begin Title Defence With Victory

Rivers AngelDefending champions of the Nigeria Women Football League, Rivers Angels opened their season campaign with a 4-1 victory over Martins White Doves at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin.

Former Kogi Confluence forward, Amaechi Ojini scored on her debut, coming off the bench to send in a rebound from close range after goalkeeper Obia Christiana parried away a shot from Mercy Amanze in the 90th minute.

The champions had taken the lead in the 6th minute through central defender, Osinachi Ohale who blasted from 20 yards beyond the reach of goalkeeper Obia.

Amarachi Ojinma doubled the lead in the 18th minute from a Mercy Amanze cross inside the 18 yard box.

The Port Harcourt side continued to dominate play until the 22nd minute when Cynthia Aku sent in a rebound from a Glory Iroka’s shot that hit the cross bar but it was ruled off by the centre referee.

In the 27th minute, Afodia John capitalized on an Osinachi Ohale’s error from the midfield to make the tally 2-1.

It didn’t stop there as Rivers Angels continued to haunt the defense of their opponent in the second half and 17 minutes later Mercy Amanze raised the tally to 3-1.

Amarachi Ojinma scored in the 77th minute from a superb cross by Ugo Njoku from a set piece outside the box but was this time denied by the assistant referee.

Ojini however sealed things for the league champions to secure a well-deserved victory.

Technical Adviser of Rivers Angels, Edwin Okon was excited with the win.

“It’s the first match of the season and is as important as the finals of the league, so you just have to try as much as you can to win your first match.

“So winning away from home is a plus for us and I think am happy as a coach and the team is equally happy,” said Okon.

Coach of Martins White Doves, Gladys Nwagbara admitted her team was outplayed.

“I believe we played against a good side. Rivers Angels is one of the best female teams in Nigeria.

“That we lost the game doesn’t mean that we cannot win our next game so we’re going back to make sure we come out with something in our next game,” she said.

Other Results 

GROUP A

Tokas Queens 0-1 Edo Queens

Bayelsa Queens 3-1 COD Ladies

Nasarawa Amazons 3-0 Abia Angels

Osun Babes 2-0 Pelican Stars

GROUP B

Martins White Doves 1-4 Rivers Angels

Capital City Doves 1-0 Taraba Queens

Sunshine Queens 1-1 Confluence Queens

FC Robo 2-2 Delta Queens