CAF Women’s Champions League: Falode Builds Massive SSupport for Rivers Angels

The Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, has called on all the clubs in the three tiers of the Nigeria Women Football League and the generality of the women’s football family members in Nigeria to muster support for the country’s sole representative in the CAF Women’s Champions League, Rivers Angels FC of Port Harcourt ahead of their participation and quest to win the maiden edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League title, later in the year in Egypt.

Falode, who is also a board member of the Nigeria Football Federation, said Friday morning in Lagos that, Rivers Angels FC are not alone in their quest and desire to make Nigerian women football sustain the country’s leadership in the game which started way back in 1991 when the country’s national soccer team, the Super Falcons, won the Nation’s Cup and picked the continent’s ticket to play at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. And afterwards, Nigeria has played in all editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup till date.

She tasked the players and officials of Rivers Angels FC not to be disillusioned by the loss of the WAFU B Qualifiers Champion’s trophy to Hassacas Ladies of Ghana, but be encouraged by the opportunity to qualify to play in the CAF Women’s Champions League proper later in the year in Egypt.

Falode said: “The loss to Ghana in the final WAFU B Qualifiers game, is a pointer to the huge challenges that await Rivers Angels FC at the main competition in Egypt, which would witness a convergence of the best clubs from each of the African regions.

“The result of the WAFU B Qualifiers final game is a warning to Rivers Angels FC that they should intensify their preparations and focus on the bigger challenges coming up in Egypt. As Nigeria must as a matter of necessity continue it’s superiority and dominance over other countries on the continent.

She added: “Perhaps, if the girls had won the WAFU B Qualifiers trophy on a plata, they wouldn’t see the importance of a bigger preparations for the main competition. The qualifiers in Abidjan was an eye opener to what await teams in main competition in Egypt, and a confirmation that Egypt 2021 is big deal, which must be taken seriously with all matches played.

“Rivers Angels FC should see each game that would be played at the main league in Egypt as a Cup final. This is the only way the players and officials of the club can keep encouraging the Rivers State government, the club’s sponsors.”

Falode, who is also the Director of Organisation of the forth coming Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament, assured Rivers Angels FC of the support of the board and Secretariat of the Nigeria Women Football League in their quest to conquer Africa.

Falode Applauds Rivers Angels For Picking TotalEnergies CAF Women Champions League Ticket

The Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, has congratulated the players and officials of Nigeria Women Football League Premiership club, Rivers Angels Football Club of Port Harcourt, for picking one of the two WAFU B tickets to play in the CAF Women African Champions League.

Falode, said in Lagos Tuesday that, Rivers Angels FC did Nigeria proud as they were joined by Ghana’s Hasaacas FC of to grab to qualifying tickets.

She said: “This Rivers Angels ticket is a clear testimony of the high standard of play at the Nigeria Women’s Football League. The Angels just sent confirmed to the rest of Africa, that, Nigeria’s dominance in the continent’s women’s football at the national team level, since 1991, is not a fluke.

“Our girls just affirmed Nigeria’s supremacy in the continent’s women’s football is all encompassing and not only at the national levels but also at the club level. The Super Falcons, the Super Falconets and the Flamengoes have all been dominant in African women’s football.”

Falode, who is also a board member of the NFF assured that the NWFL with the help of the Nigeria Football Federation will continue to give the country’s representative in the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League, total support to achieve the country’s heart desires to win the maiden edition of the continental club competition later this year.

“The success of Rivers Angels in this competition is that of Nigeria and of course the club itself, that is why it’s important for all Nigerian women’s football clubs to support Rivers Angels at the CAF Women’s Chamions League.”

For Rivers Angels of Nigeria and Hasaacas FC of Ghana to pick the two available WAFU B tickets, they won their semi-final matches at the Stade Robert Champroux in the Ivorian capital Abidjan on Monday.

The Angles beat Amis Du Monde of Togo 5-1 and Hasaacss defeated USFA of Burkina Faso 2-0 to reach the final and booked the region’s tickets for the Women’s Champions League proper in Egypt later this year.

Falode, noted that, winning the finals of the Regional WAFU B qualifiers will be a moracle booster to the Rivers Angels FC of Nigeria, but the big deal is the ticket for the Women’s Champions League itself.

NWFL Premiership Play-Off: Another Photo Finish In Benin City

Just as we had a photo finish at the NWFL Premiership Super Six in Ijebu Ode some weeks ago, where the league champions and Nigeria’s representative to the WAFU B qualifiers for the CAF Women Champions League emerged, a similar situation of yet another photo finish has presented itself at the NWFL Premiership Play-Off in Benin City, as all the four teams in the competition for survival in the league must win their games in today’s final matches at the University of Benin Sports complex, Ugbowo, or be condemned to relegation.

The final games will be played simultaneously at 3pm at the Main Bowl and the practice pitch of the University of Benin, Ugbowo campus, between Pelican Stars of Calabar and Ibom Angels in a traditional clash of superiority between the Effiks and the Ibibios, on one hand, and Abia Angels of Aba versus Dreamstar Ladies of Lagos.

In the Pelican Stars versus Ibom Angels’ game, the Calabarians’ perennial former champions of the Nigeria Women’s League need just a draw against the Akwa Ibomites to survive relegation from the Premiership League. A draw would take them to unassailable five points good enough to guaranty their survival for another season. While a win against the Angels will be an added advantage, giving them seven points, while a loss may not be an option.

For Ibom Angels to swim out of relegation waters, they must as a necessity beat Pelican Stars by 2-0 and pray for Dreamstar Ladies to defeat Abia Angels by any margin. On the other if the Akwa Ibomites wants a guaranteed insurance cover to escape relegation, they must to beat the Effiks by 3-0. This will take them to four points and +2 goal difference to triumph on head-to-head permutations.

In the Abia Angels versus Dreamstar Ladies game, the Ann Agumanu Chiejine-tutored girls need just a draw to take them to five points, good enough to sustain them in the NWFL Premiership. A win will give them seven points and a survival in the elite league. While a loss by 3-0 against the Abdulrahman Abolore team would see them sinking into the relegation waters, so the must avoid a loss.

For the agitated Dreamstar Ladies following a N2.5million sanction of the club and the indefinite ban of their coach by the NWFL, they will come out to prove a point at least to save the life of the club.
Dreamstar Ladies go into today’s final game with just one point and a minus two goals-difference. For them to survive relegation for a second season running, they must defeat Abia Angels with as much as three replied goals. Two season’s ago the Lagos Girls survived a more difficult relegation battle, so they have what it takes to get a much desired lifeline when it matters most, but would Ann Agumanu-Chiejine and her Abia Girls allow Dreamstar Ladies dance the ‘Macabre’ dance in front of them with relegation waters beckoning.

The results of the two games today will determine the two teams that will survive and the two that would be consumed by relegation from the NWFL Premiership, as the season officially ends in flying colours as the Aisha Falode-led NWFL board has succeeded in raising the bar of the women football league not only in Nigeria but also in the African continent..

NWFL Super 6: Bukola Olopade Congratulates Pinnick, Falode

Former Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria National League NNL, Honourable Bukola Olopade has given kudos to the Nigeria Football Federation and the leadership of the Nigeria Women Football League on the tremendous success recorded at the just concluded NWFL Super six in Ijebu Ode.

Bearing his mind on the tournament where Rivers Angels emerged overall Champions at the Dipo Dina stadium, Ijebu Ode, Olopade acknowledged the immense contribution of the NFF President Amaju Pinnick and the Chairperson of the Women’s League, Aisha Falode to the development of female football in the country and harped on the need for people to always give credit as and when due.

The former sports commissioner in Ogun state also hailed the Executive governor of the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun for refurbishing the Dipo Dina stadium, Ijebu Ode immediately he came into office.

The sports administrator said the Dipo Dina stadium has maintained its standard, since meeting the requirements of the World Football governing body FIFA in 2009 when it hosted games during the FIFA Under 17 World Cup which the country hosted.

“Honestly, the leadership of the NWFL has done a tremendous job, the Super six has come and gone, but what they have achieved will be on the forefront for so many years, congratulations to Madam Aisha Falode and plaudits must go to my good friend Amaju Pinnick as well”

“The decision to adopt this format paved way for a hitch free conclusion, I’m extremely proud of the NFF and all stakeholders involved in putting this beauty together”.

Bringing the edifice put into use to the front burner, the former sports commissioner in Ogun state affirmed that the Dipo Dina stadium is class above others considering the facilities in the premises and what was involved in putting it to shape.

“Without being arrogant I’m always proud to say I served during the tenure of Otunba Gbenga Daniel which scored points in sports development, and one of the things we did was putting this infrastructure in place”.

“Thankfully, the governor Dapo Abiodun led government is keying into that idea by giving the stadium a facelift and attracting events to keep the magnificent edifice busy”.

Hon Olopade congratulated Rivers Angels for playing good football and emerging champions, he also gave thumbs up to other participating teams, describing them as agents of progress and football development.

Former Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria National League NNL, Honourable Bukola Olopade has given kudos to the Nigeria Football Federation and the leadership of the Nigeria Women Football League on the tremendous success recorded at the just concluded NWFL Super six in Ijebu Ode.

Bearing his mind on the tournament where Rivers Angels emerged overall Champions at the Dipo Dina stadium, Ijebu Ode, Olopade acknowledged the immense contribution of the NFF President Amaju Pinnick and the Chairperson of the Women’s League, Aisha Falode to the development of female football in the country and harped on the need for people to always give credit as and when due.

The former sports commissioner in Ogun state also hailed the Executive governor of the state, Prince Dapo Abiodun for refurbishing the Dipo Dina stadium, Ijebu Ode immediately he came into office.

The sports administrator said the Dipo Dina stadium has maintained its standard, since meeting the requirements of the World Football governing body FIFA in 2009 when it hosted games during the FIFA Under 17 World Cup which the country hosted.

“Honestly, the leadership of the NWFL has done a tremendous job, the Super six has come and gone, but what they have achieved will be on the forefront for so many years, congratulations to Madam Aisha Falode and plaudits must go to my good friend Amaju Pinnick as well”

“The decision to adopt this format paved way for a hitch free conclusion, I’m extremely proud of the NFF and all stakeholders involved in putting this beauty together”.

Bringing the edifice put into use to the front burner, the former sports commissioner in Ogun state affirmed that the Dipo Dina stadium is class above others considering the facilities in the premises and what was involved in putting it to shape.

“Without being arrogant I’m always proud to say I served during the tenure of Otunba Gbenga Daniel which scored points in sports development, and one of the things we did was putting this infrastructure in place”.

“Thankfully, the governor Dapo Abiodun led government is keying into that idea by giving the stadium a facelift and attracting events to keep the magnificent edifice busy”.

Pinnick Praises Falode, NWFL After ‘Fabulous’ Super 6 Tournament

President of the Nigeria Football Federation and FIFA Council Member, Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick has heaped plaudits on the Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode and her board for the excellent organization of the just-concluded Super 6 Tournament held in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.

“I must commend Aisha (Falode) and her board for the efforts that went into putting up such a showpiece. It was a fabulous event in all facets and I believe the NWFL as a whole deserve our praise. I was there and saw large parts of it and I was truly impressed,” said Pinnick, who is also a high-ranking Member of the CAF Executive Committee.

Perennial champions Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt clinched a place in the WAFU B play-off for the incipient CAF Women Champions League by crushing Sunshine Queens of Akure 4-0 in one of Sunday’s two final games, edging Delta Queens of Asaba and FC Robo of Lagos who ended their encounter that happened simultaneously 1-1.

“Admittedly, we need to do even more for women’s football in this country because as I always insist, the women deserve more attention having won as many as nine African titles for the country. It is no mean feat. I am enamoured by the superb organization of the Super 6 and I have no doubt that the positive vibes therefrom and the terrific after-glow will have some good impact on our efforts to engender real development and sustainability of the women’s game.

“Our vision of building a sustainable football culture for our dear country remains unshaken, and the women’s game is an integral part of that vision and mission. Bringing in another very good and globally renown tactician (Randy Waldrum) for the Super Falcons is another prove of our desire to take the women’s game to higher levels,” Pinnick added.

Edo Queens and Bayelsa Queens were the other teams that participated in the 7-day tournament.

First Vice President of the NFF, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi; NFF Executive Members Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, Sharif Rabiu Inuwa, Ganiyu Majekodunmi, Mohammed Alkali and Babagana Kalli and; President of the Nigeria Referees Association, Otunba Tade Azeez were among the other dignitaries who graced the NWFL Super 6 Tournament and gave it added colour.

There were also former NFF Executive Member and Chairman of the Rivers State Football Association, Barr Chris Green; Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Sola Aiyepeku; Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission, Chief Tonobok Okowa; former Ogun State Commissioner for Sports, Hon. Bukola Olopade and; several other top officials from Lagos, Ondo, Edo, Bayelsa, Rivers and Delta States.

American Randy Waldrum and NFF Technical Director Austin Eguavoen were also part of the 7-day fiesta, graced on the final day by the country’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare.

NWFL Submits Rivers Angels To NFF As Nigeria’s Representative For WAFU Zonal Qualifiers

The Secretariat of the Nigeria Women Football League has submitted to the Nigeria Football Federation, the name of Rivers Angels Football club of Port Harcourt, as the Champion of the 2020/2021 NWFL Premiership season, after a successful outing at the much improved Super Six held at the Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu Ode, Ogun state.

The letter according to the NWFL Chairperson, Aisha Falode, the NFF General Secretary will forward the letter to the Confederation of African Football WAFU Zone B, General Secretary, Mr. Balima, later today, thus meeting the deadline of April 26, 2021 set earlier by CAF.

The Chairperson of the NWFL, Aisha Falode, said Monday in Lagos, that Nigeria has to take part in the Zonal play-off. The winner of the NWFL Premiership 2020-2021 Season will represent Nigeria in the Zonal play off.

She noted: “The country that wins the Zonal play off represents the Zone at the final tournament later in the year. Our League Champions will play in the WAFU B play off.

Adding that: “Therefore, if Nigeria emerge as Zonal champions and are given the African Women Cup of Nations’ slot as champions, Nigeria may get two slots at the Final Tournament.

She stressed that: “This is possible because CAF has reserved one additional slot given to the Zone who produced the champion at the last edition of the AWCON for women.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria won it at Ghana 2018 and we are in WAFU ZONE B.
The modality for deciding who takes this slot is not known yet. Ordinarily, Nigeria who won it should be given the slot. This explained the second slot for Nigeria at the Women CAF Champions League.”

Falode, stated that, “The General Secretary of WAFU Zone B, Mr. Balima also disclosed in a correpondence that, the qualifiers will hold in Abidjan, Cote D’ Voire, from 15th July to 30th July, 2021 different from the May date that was earlier communicated.”

Pinnick, Shuaibu Rates NWFL Premiership Super 6 High, Hails Aisha Falode Leadership Qualities.

Nigeria Football Federation President and FIFA Council Member Amaju Pinnick was present at the Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium as the NWFL Premiership Super 6 opened in spectacular form, Delta Queens won 2-1 against Edo Queens on Monday evening.

Pinnick who was accompanied by the Edo State Deputy Governor, Phillip Shuaibu, Delta State Commissioner for Sports, Tonobok Okowa, Chief Solomon Ogba and Dr. Kweku Tandoh hailed the NWFL leadership for hosting a well organised Super 6 Competition, which will determine who will represent Nigeria at the CAF Women Champions League.

“I am satisfied with the standard of officiating, and as a body, the NFF, NWFL does not believe in mediocrity. The true winner will eventually emerge at the end of the day.”

” I must say I am well satisfied with what I saw today, the level of play, the organisation as well as the reception.

“The homebased players are as competent as the foreign based players and I think some of these players are good enough to play for the Super Eagles. We are proud of the good works Aisha Falode is doing and we shall continue to give her all the necessary supports.

“I am satisfied with the standard of officiating, and as a body, the NFF, NWFL does not believe in mediocrity. The true winner will eventually emerge at the end of the day.” He concluded.

NWFL Premiership Super 6: Delta Queens Wins Opener, Rivers Angels Drop Points Against FC Robo Queens.

Delta Queens take early lead after opening day of NWFL Premiership Super Six

Delta Queens kicked off their 2021 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership Super Six campaign on a winning note with a 2-1 triumph over Edo Queens in the opening game at the Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.

Edo Queens started the game by dominating possession in a bid to score the opening goal of the game.

Elizabeth Zirike’s free kick in the sixth minute went wide before Delta Queens got their rhythm.

Folorunsho Comfort’s free kick in the 11th minute did not pose any threat to Christy Ohiaeriaku in goal for Edo Queens.

Nine minutes later, across from the right-wing was not fully capitalized by Delta Queens’ duo of Tejiri Edward and Bright Nnaji.

In the 27th minute, Jumoke Alani’s half volley went wide.

Delta Queen’s recruit, Chiamaka Okwuchukwu got a well-connected pass from Chioma Olise, before dribbling past Christy Ohiaeriaku to net the first goal of the encounter in the 41st minute.

Nneka Julius’s superb free-kick from about 23 yards levelled the scoreline in the 53rd minute.

Delta Queens had the final laugh in the 71st minute with the winning goal when Comfort Folorunsho scored through a Mamuzo Edafe’s corner kick. Christy Ohiaeriaku had earlier made a brilliant save which led to the resultant corner kick.

The other two games on the opening game of the 2021 NWFL Premiership Super Six ended in a 1-1 draw on Monday, April 19, 2021.

A fifth-minute goal from Opeyemi Sunday for Sunshine Queens was canceled by Charity Reuben’s 31st-minute strike.

FC Robo Queens vs Rivers Angels
FC Robo Queens forced Rivers Angels to a 1-1 draw.

Vivian Ikechukwu had given Rivers Angels a 46th minute lead before Monday Gift equaliser for FC Robo Queens in the 87th minute

Delta Queens opened up a two-point lead at the top of the table after the opening day results, followed by FC Robo Queens and Rivers Angels with a point each. Edo Queens is bottom of the table with no point.

Sunshine Queens and Edo Queens will play the opening game by 2 pm on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, followed double game by 4 pm when FC Robo Queens and Bayelsa Queens will play at the second pitch while Delta Queens and Rivers Angels settle scores at the main bowl.

Falode Applauds NWFL Premiership Clubs As Season Runs Into Super Six

The Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, has applauded all the 14 clubs in the NWFL Premiership for conducting themselves patriotically and professionally as the 2020/2021 season runs into the Super Six challenge and the bottom Eight battle.

The Super Six and Bottom Eight were adopted by the clubs in a Virtual meeting to determine the champion and relegated teams at the end of the season on April 25.

Falode, noted that despite the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, the clubs comported themselves very well as they strictly ensured safety protocols before and after games all through the first round of matches.

She added that: “In the entire 13 weeks of the First Round, there was no crowd violence in any of the 14 venues across the country. This is quite commendable and with situations like these, the women’s league will continue to grow and develop faster.”

The NWFL boss was full of plaudits for the clubs for their patriotism and love for Nigerian football especially at a time when the country could have been left out of the much anticipated CAF Women Champions League. “But the clubs rallied round and called for a meeting where their decisions were put to votes leading to the early conclusion of the season to enable Nigeria present representatives for the CAF Women Champions League. This has been the dream of women’s football players, club owners, the media and other proponents, for so many years.”

“The result of this, is the re-emergence of the Super Six after earlier decision to play a straight league of 132 matches over 26 weeks. The Super Six has been slated for the Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu-Ode from April 19 to 25. Here the champion for the 2020/2021 season will emerge, so also Nigeria’s representatives for the CAF Women Champions League. I wish the six clubs ; Bayelsa Queens, Delta Queens, Rivers Angels, Edo Queens, FC Robo and Sunshine Queens, goodluck as they battle for the title and tickets for the CAF Women Champions League.

Bayelsa Queens fined, banished to Owerri, as Edo Queens coach sanctioned

The Nigeria Women Football League has fined NWPL Premiership league leaders, Bayelsa Queens of Yenagoa, a whopping N2.5million and also banished the team to the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, Imo State for their next home game scheduled for March 3, 2021.

The Chairperson of the NWFL, Aisha Falode, said Monday that; “Bayelsa Queens committed the infringement in the Match No. 41 played against Edo Queens FC of Benin at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa, where it was established in the match officials reports that there was an encroachment, disturbances and disruption of the match by the home team fans.”

Falode, stated that, “Bayelsa Queens violated the following rules:- Fans invasion of the pitch, Disruption of match, Harassment and intimidation of visiting team by home fans, and non-adherence to stipulated Covid-19 protocol.”
Others violations commited by Bayelsa Queens are :”Fans contact with players and match officials on the field of play and breakdown of security protocol at match venue.”
All these Falode stated, were capable of bringing the game of football to disrepute. And she stressed that, it’s believed these sanctions will serve as deterrent to Bayelsa Queens FC and a strong warning to all the NWFL Premiership clubs.

In a related development, the NWFL also slammed a N500,000 fine on Edo Queens FC for the action of the team’s Technical Adviser, Mr. Rolandson Odeh, after the match.
Odeh, verbally attacked the referee in a post match interview after the Match Number 41 game against Bayelsa Queens at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa.

The NWFL chairperson stressed that, “Rolandson Odeh, was accused of making some frivolous and unsubstantiated comments about the centre referee which put the league in question with disregard to the progressive efforts being put in place by the board of the NWFL to restructure the league.
“Therefore, Edo Queens FC was fined the sum of five hundred thousand naira (N500,000) for granting such incisive interview capable of bringing the game to disrepute. We believe the fine will serve as a deterrent to Edo Queens FC and also a strong and last warning to Mr. Rolandson Odeh.”

Falode, added that.; As Mr. Rolandson Odeh gets a final warning, the same goes to Bayelsa Queens FC which committed a similar infractions against Sunshine Queens of Akure in Yenagoa a few years ago and were equally sanctioned. A repeat of such violations would attract a stiffer sanctions,” Falode said.