By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt defeated Bayelsa Queens 4-0 to open up the race for the 2021 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership title.
Two goals from Oghenebrume Ikehua and a goal each from Vivian Ikechukwu and Maryann Ezenagu helped Rivers Angels to a comfortable victory over the Port Harcourt-based side.
The NWFL Premiership Super Six matchday three tie was a cagey affair at halftime with a goalless scoreline at the break.
After the interval, Maryann Ezenagu won a free-kick not far from Bayelsa Queens’ box in the 58th minute. Amarachi Okoronkwo took the onus of playing the set-piece as the ball hit the woodwork before Maryann Ezenagu converted the rebound to give Rivers Angels the lead.
Three minutes later, Vivian Ikechukwu doubled the lead for the Port Harcourt-based side.
Oghenebrume Ikehua scored Rivers Angels third in the 63rd minute as Bayelsa Queens conceded three goals in the space of five minutes.
Five minutes from full time, Oghenebrume Ikehua completed her brace to make it 4-0 for Rivers Angels.
Rivers Angels with five points from three games are at the top of the table ahead of the remaining two games on Thursday, while Bayelsa Queens only has one point from three games.
Rivers Angels coach, Edwin Okon during his post-match reaction says the victory is the beginning of the Super Six for his team.
“First of all, I have to thank my God and master for giving me the victory. There is no team in this competition that is a pushover . If you watch our first and second match, we were supposed to be at the top of the table at this level. The journey starts today. I have to remind the players that it is not yet over until it is over. This is our final of the Super Six. Rivers Angels is a good team as the defending Champions. Even though most of our attackers traveled, we tried as much as possible to convert the ones that we have as it was not a day job that can be done in a hurry. We are trying as much as possible to build the team back to where it belongs. Younger players are in the team and we are still trying our best to bring in more younger players into the team. The last player that I brought in has never played any league match anywhere. This is the beginning of the journey for Rivers Angels. We have won this and are looking forward to the next game.”
Bayelsa Queens’ gaffer, Moses Aduku opined that it was a bad game for his club as they will continue to fight till the end of the tournament.
“It’s like this is not our day and there is nothing we can do. We had a bad game with the same girls that we have been using at the beginning of the league. Sometimes we win some and lose some. Do you think it’s easy to play 90, 90 minutes within two days and one will still keep the same players? It’s not easy to play that way. We will play to the end with two more games hence we will fight to finish.”
Rivers Angels’ Oghenebrume Ikehua who scored two goals was of the view that the team can do better in their next games.
“I think I will score more goals as the game progresses and do more. Our fans should not give up on us. We can still do better to win our next games with hard work.”
Bayelsa Queens and Rivers Angels still have two more games on Friday and Sunday respectively to know their fate as far as the league title and a ticket in the Total CAF Women’s Champions League is concerned.
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