Bayelsa Queens See Off Rivers Angels
By Our Reporter
Reigning Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Champions, Bayelsa Queens defeated last season’s AITEO Cup Champions, Rivers Angels 2-0 to emerge Champions Shield winners in Yenagoa.
After losing out on an opportunity to win a trophy early in the season it was no surprise that Rivers Angels started brightly at the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa but the Restoration girls defended well thwarting every promising move by Rivers Angels.
Imperious in defence for Bayelsa Queens, Uzoamaka Igwe eventually gave the home side the lead beating Charity John in goal for Rivers Angels with a beautifully struck free kick in the 43rd minute.
Having gone into the lead, the girls from Bayelsa kept their cool allowing Rivers Angels have more of the ball and dictate play hoping to hold on to their lead, soak up the pressure and hit on the counter to consolidate on their lead.
For all the early changes anfd all their attacking play Rivers Angels failed to make it count. Although, they did hit the woodwork but Rivers Angels however failed to find the back of the net.
With 10 minutes from end of regulation time, Lucky Odiri poked home for Bayelsa Queens from close range following a goal mouth scramble after Charity John’s saved effort.
At the end River Angels were left to rue their missed chances with continuous pressure which failed to yield result as Bayelsa Queens emerged winners of the NWPL Champions Shield.
Shortly after the game victorious Technical Adviser of Bayelsa Queens Moses Aduku said his success story is incomplete without the Almighty God and hard work on their side.
On his part Commissioner for Sports Development Mr Perekiye Buruboyefe stressed that the state government will not relent in their quest to promote sports development in the State describing the Bayelsa Queens as best team in Nigeria.
Also,Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Premier league Mrs. Aisha Falode explained why the champion of champions was delayed attributing it to lack of sponsors.
She noted that the management of League will continue to source for sponsorship to improve the league.