By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
2020/2021 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership Champions, Rivers Angels have pulled out of the 2022 Aiteo Cup (FA Cup).
The club confirmed this in a press statement by the management on Saturday.
“We wish to inform the general public and our esteemed fans of our decision to opt-out of this year’s Aiteo Federation Cup.
This decision is coming after due deliberations amongst the team’s management and staff to explore the options before us. Consequently, Rivers Angels FC will not be partaking in this year’s competition.” The statement read.
According to the statement, the club has also officially notified the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) of this development and expressed their regrets as well.
Part of the reasons for the withdrawal is due to the fact that seven out of the 15 players retained by the club are currently unavailable due to national team engagements. Five are with the U-20 Women’s National Team while two (from Ghana and Cameroon) are also away at the moment.
The Rivers Angels team are then left with just eight players and are currently undergoing a recruitment process ahead of the next football season which makes it difficult to proceed with this year’s Aiteo Cup.
The team has apologised for any inconvenience this may have caused the Federation and its teeming fans.
Rivers Angels with eight titles are the most successful team in the Aiteo Cup after clinching the title in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018, followed by Pelican Stars with six titles.
Bayelsa Queens are the defending Champions after defeating FC Robo Queens in the final of the 2021 edition to clinch its first title.
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