The 2023/2024 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership continues its enthralling journey as Matchday two kicks off, delivering an array of captivating matchups that promise to leave fans enthralled.
The season’s debut showcased remarkable resilience from three topflight debutants—Dannaz Ladies, Ekiti Queens, and Remo Stars Ladies—all successfully sidestepping defeats in their inaugural appearances, adding an extra layer of excitement to the league’s narrative.
In a football extravaganza that swept across the nation, the scoresheets lit up with a total of 22 goals across eight exhilarating matches. Adding historical significance to the spectacle was the live broadcast of the season opener, allowing fans unprecedented access to the excitement.
The dynamic outcomes featured a quartet of draws, signifying tightly contested battles, while three teams celebrated triumphant home victories, creating a euphoric atmosphere in their respective stadiums. A standout away win further underscored the unpredictable nature of NWFL action, showcasing the league’s commitment to delivering thrilling moments and diverse football narratives.
Adding a touch of nostalgia and star power to the new season, Nigeria legend, 40, Onome Ebi made an impactful return to the NWFL with Naija Ratels after an impressive 13-year stint abroad, further elevating the league’s allure.
As the NWFL Premiership unfolds its second act, the stage is set for more drama, skill, and unforgettable moments in the country’s women’s elite division.
**Group A Highlights:**
1. Dannaz Ladies vs Naija Ratels FC – Lagos
– Dannaz Ladies, determined after a 0-0 opener, hosts Naija Ratels seeking a comeback from their 3-1 loss in Onikan.
– Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Lagos anticipates an intense clash as both teams aim for crucial early-season points.
2. Adamawa Queens vs Confluence Queens – Gombe
– Northern rivals Adamawa Queens and Confluence Queens face off in a quest for their first win, recalling their encounters from the previous season.
– Jacob Vandi’s side seeks redemption after a late defeat, while Confluence Queens aim to break the deadlock at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe.
3. Royal Queens vs Abia Angels – Warri
– Royal Queens, reeling from a 4-0 defeat, aims for recovery against Abia Angels, buoyed by a thrilling 3-2 victory.
– Sapele Stadium sets the stage for a clash where both teams strive for a pivotal three points in Warri.
4. Nasarawa Amazons vs Heartland Queens – Lafia
– The top two teams in Group A, Nasarawa Amazons and Heartland Queens, lock horns at Lafia City Stadium.
– In Lafia, both teams seek to maintain winning momentum, vying for Super Six qualification and an impressive season.
**Group B Showdowns:**
1. Delta Queens vs Remo Stars Ladies – Asaba
– Defending champions Delta Queens face Remo Stars Ladies after a 0-0 draw, aiming to secure a home victory at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.
– Fans expect an exciting night match as both teams look to assert dominance in the group.
2. Bayelsa Queens vs Ekiti Queens -Yenagoa
– Bayelsa Queens and Ekiti Queens, both coming off draws, clash at Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenegoa.
– The Prosperity Girls eye a statement win as they strive to reclaim the league title.
3. FC Robo Queens vs Sunshine Queens – Lagos
– FC Robo Queens seeks redemption after a 4-1 loss, facing Sunshine Queens in a thrilling South West derby at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Onikan.
– Lagos witnesses the battle between these rivals in the early kickoff of the day, promising an intense encounter.
4. Rivers Angels vs Edo Queens – Port Harcourt
– Edo Queens, flying high, take on former champions Rivers Angels in a tactical showdown at Yakubu Gowon Stadium.
– Fans anticipate a gripping match between two teams with a history of close encounters in Port Harcourt.