By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
After week three ties that produced 14 goals in the 2021 NWFL Premiership, the league Media Team have released the team of the week.
Goalkeeper: Mercy Vincent- Confluence Queens.
The Confluence Queens goalkeeper did all she could to keep her side in the game against Nasarawa Amazons. She made two big saves and showed fantastic timing and handling attributes to claim high balls in the crowded penalty area. She had herself well covered with great defenders like Kemi Soremekun, Glory Edet, Alexandria Florence, and others.
Right-Back: Kehinde Akinwande – FC Robo Queens.
The FC-Robo Queens defender did so well against Bayelsa Queens in Yenagoa and was instrumental to her side just conceding a goal at the Samson Siasia Stadium. Though she played as a center-back, she looked extremely fit, sharp, and confident, surging forward to tremendous effect and sending over a series of balls into the area from the flank.
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Left-Back: Kemi Soremekun- Confluence Queens.
Soremekun’s impact against Nasarawa Amazons was there for everyone to see. The diminutive player played as a left full-back for the first time since she joined Confluence Queens from Jokodolu Babes FC. Several times she embarked on dribbles do the channel to pass short crosses infield. Defensively she was sound, challenging when she needed to, and helping the ‘New Direction’ Ladies out of trouble.
Defensive-Midfield: Okuchukwu Chiamaka- Royal Queens.
The midfielder dominated the midfield from kick-off. Though her team was playing away from home, Chiamaka snuffed out some counter-attacks as well as played some excellent through passes via a crowded, low midfield area of Ibom Angels and was handy in assisting Chika Idika’s to score the lone goal for her side.
Centre-Back: Blessing Sunday – Osun Babes.
Osun Babes Centre-Back Blessing Sunday continued with her recent imperious form with another top-drawer display in an Omoluabi Queens 3-0 win over Pelican Stars in Osogbo.
Osun Babes defence was in top-notch as the match scoreline implies and Sunday along with Sarah Iloduba were up to the task of shutting down the away team’s attack whenever they ventured forward.
Centre-Back: Glory Ogbonna – Edo Queens
The former Ibom Angels defender didn’t put a foot wrong in the game against Rivers Angels and brought the ball out of defence a few times, generally continued to show why she remains one of NWFL Premiership finest.
She put in a firm, resilient display at the back to help Christy Ohiareakhu in goal for Edo Queens.
On the ground, she was like a caged animal set loose, very quick to shut down on running players, fearsome in tackles, and cleared a lot of bouncing balls inside the box.
Right Wing: Maryan- Ezeanagu: Rivers Angels
Maryan- Ezeanagu put in another outrageous good display for Rivers Angels against Edo Queens.
She was full of confidence, sharp and incisive on the flank, and gave a lot of problems to the ‘Obaseki Girls’ right full-back, Jumoke Alani.
Forward: Yemisi Samuel- Osun Babes.
Yemisi Samuel was, without doubt, the match-winner, as she continually tormented the defence line of Pelican Stars and invented ways to get past Gladys Abasi and others.
There’s no doubt that she could and should have scored more than the two goals she did get.
Centre Forward: Charity Rueben- Bayelsa Queens
She was intelligent with her movement her first touch set up countless moments of danger for the FC Robo’s Attack.
She scored the all-important goal for her side after getting great supports from Anjor Mary and others.
Central Midfield: Zirike Elizabeth- Edo Queens
Edo Queens played a 1-1 draw with Rivers Angels at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium and Zirike Elizabeth was superb.
Zirike dictated much of the attacking tempo from deep, distributing quickly and playing impressive set pieces into dangerous areas, notching herself a goal and barely misplacing a pass all game.
Forward: Merit Offor- Abia Angels.
The young Abia Angels forward was a non-stop bundle of aggression, energy, and movement, assisting Camerounian Billong’s goal and creating some great chances for her side continually. She deserves to be in the best eleven for week 3.
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