NWFL Premiership Play-Off: Pelican Stars, Abia Angels Survive Relegation

The duo of Pelican Stars Football club of Calabar and Abia Angels of Aba today escaped relegation at the University of Benin Sports complex and thus will remain in the elite women’s league.

Pelican Stars finished tops with five points on the table after playing a goalless draw against Ibom Angels in their last Play-Off game. They went into today’s match with four points from two matches.

Abia Angels of Aba finished second place with 4 points and zero goal difference to join Pelican Stars as the second team to escape relegation and remain in the NWFL Premiership. Abia escaped by the whisker as they lost 3-2 to Dreamstar Ladies in the last game of the Play-Off. Abia opened a two-goal lead in he first half, only for Dreamstar Ladies who are masters of the second half, to pull the two goals deficit back and shot into lead with a third goal to keep scores at 3-2. If Dreamstar Ladies had scored one more goal, they would have been on same minus one goal difference and would have won on head-to-head permutations. But unfortunately, by the time they shot into lead at 3-2 the game was left with 2 minutes of pay on the watch.
The Lagos team that also finished with four points, slided into relegation with a minus one inferior goal difference.

Dreamstar Ladies and Ibom Angels will now play in the NWFL Championship next season, while Pelican Stars and Abia Angels will continue their sorjourn in the NWFL Premiership League.

The final matches of the NWFL Premiership Play-Off today, officially marked the end of the Women’s Premiership League.

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..

Dreamstar Ladies Will Fight Until The End In Relegation Battle Vows Emereole


Dreamstar Ladies Captain Juliet Emereole has assured that her team will fight until the end to avoid relegation from the NWFL Premiership.

The Midfielder cum defender played an important role as her side played a 2-2 draw against Ibom Angels on Saturday evening at the mainbowl of the University of Benin Sports Complex.

In an interview with www. thenwfl.com after the game, the influential captain called on her teammates to keep the same momentum until the last game and compete better than they did in their first game of the playoffs.

“It was a decent result for us, I must say. Coming back twice against a team like Ibom Angels shows that we all have alot of self determination inside of us.

“We will keep fighting,” We will fight until the last game and ensure we retain our Premiership status.

“It is clearly not going to be an easy task, but staying up is just the reason we are here and it has to be achieved.” She concluded.

Dreamstar Ladies will face Pelican Stars in their second game of the NWFL Premiership relegation Play-offs ongoing in Benin.

NWFL Premiership Relegation Play-offs: Four Teams Battle To Stay Up.

Four teams are embroiled in the NWFL Premiership Relegation battle that will go down at the Mainbowl of University of Benin Sports Complex from the 7th to the 11th of May.

Dreamstar Ladies, Ibom Angels, Abia Angels and Pelican Stars will all slug it out for survival. Two teams that ends in 11th and 12th position will retain their Premiership status, while the two teams that finishes in 13th and 14th will go down to the NWFL Championship.

PDreamstar Ladies have been in this route before, having narrowly escaped relegation in 2019 in a play-off game played in Abuja against Invincible Angels. The ‘Galaticas’ survived via penalties and will be looking forward to retaining their Premiership status again in Benin.

Unfortunately, they will be missing the services of their talismanic midfielder Anuoluwapo Salisu who signed a short term contract with Bayelsa Queens ahead of their Super 6 Campaign and Opeyemi Ajakaiye who is also an important figure in the team won’t be available as she also joined Edo Queens some weeks ago.

The onus will now lie on the likes of Hambefen Ayatsea, Juliet Iroele, Favour Kalu and Tosin Ogundeko.

For Pelican Stars, they were relegated from the Premiership in 2018 and made a quick come back in 2019 after picking one of the two slots in the Championship. They finished second, behind 2019 Championship winners Royal Queens.

Hodo Williams, Ufomba Chinwendu, Ogechi Ukwuoma, Gladys Abasi and others have promised to play with all of their heart to retain the status of one of the most successful women football club in the continent.

Ibom Angels are definitely not familiar with the word ‘relegation play-off’. The ‘Orange Ladies’ started poorly in 2021, losing a string of games at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.

Their late preparation before the beginning of the season, might have been the reason for their poor form during the league. For a team that recently played in the final of the AITEO Cup, alot of work surely needs to be done for them to keep their Premiership status.

Abia Angels are a modest side that has always finished in the middle of the log, since they gained promotion to the elite league in 2015.

A team full of potentials and always a difficult side to play against. Abia Angels will be playing the play-offs without one of their key players Margaret Ademulegun who joined Delta Queens weeks ago, but the likes of Offor Merit, Bukola Adewale, Njimogu Nancy and the Camerounian duo of Bilong Maxi and Bakendj Reine.

NWFL Premiership Relegation Play-offs.

🏟️UNIBEN Sports Complex, Benin..

❇️MATCH-DAY ONE (Saturday) 8th Of May.

Abia Angels 🆚 Pelican Stars (2pm)

Dreamstar Ladies 🆚 Ibom Angels (4pm)

❇️MATCH-DAY TWO (Sunday), 9th May

Ibom Angels 🆚 Abia Angels (2pm)

Pelican Stars 🆚 Dreamstar Ladies (4pm)

❇️MATCH-DAY THREE (Tuesday), 11th Of May

Abia Angels 🆚 Dreamstar Ladies (4pm)

Ibom Angels 🆚 Pelican Stars (4pm)


NWFL Premiership Play-Off Holds In Benin City 7th May To 11th

The 2020/2021 Nigeria Women Football League Premiership Play-off has been scheduled by the Secretariat of the NWFL, to hold in Benin City, Edo state from May 7 to 11, 2021.

The venue according to the NWFL Chief Operating Officer, Modupe Shabi, has been fixed for the main bowl of the University of Benin Sports Complex, Ugbowo, Edo state.

The last four teams that will participate in the play-off to determine the two teams to be relegated include; Former champions Pelican Stars of Calabar that ended the first round with 12 points, Abia Angels that finished with 11 points, Ibom Angels of Uyo with 10 points and Dream Stars of Lagos with 6 points.

The NWFL C.O.O stated that only two teams will be relegated from the 2020/2021 NWFL Premiership season at the end of the play off.

In the NWFL Premiership Play-Off schedule, arrival of teams, Draw and Pre-Match meeting in Benin City, have been slated for Friday, May 7, 2021.

While Match Day One, which would witness two matches played comes up on Saturday 8th May at the Main bowl of the University of Benin Sports Complex.

Match Day Two, also with two matches, holds on Sunday, 9th May, 2021, while Monday 10th May, 2021 is Rest Day.
Match Day Three, with two matches, which is the final day, holds on Tuesday, 11th May, 2021.

The clubs are expected to depart on Wednesday 12th May, 2021.

The NWFL C.O.O noted that, kick-off time for matches will be revealed at the Draw and Pre-Match ceremonies.

Shabi, disclosed that all the four teams would play three matches each. The top two teams will retain their place in the NWFL Premiership, while the bottom two teams will be relegated from the NWFL Premiership

NWFL Premiership: Salisu Delighted After Scoring Brace In Dreamstars First Win Of The Season

Dreamstar Ladies midfielder Salisu Anuoluwapo has described scoring a brace in Dreamstar Ladies first win of the season as indescribable.

The young captain of the ‘Galaticas’ scored through the spot in the 64th and 87th minute to give her team a famous win infront of the teeming fans.

” I can’t put the feeling into words”, She told www.thenwfl.com. It’s three games without a victory and we had to keep pushing to make things count.

“When I scored the winning goal late in the game, I looked around the stadium and I saw my teammates and coaches celebrating, then I knew we have achieved something special.

“The first win means alot to us and am sure it’s going to propel us to want to do more in our next games. I am happy we could achieve this and surely, it was a very difficult game for us as Ibom Angels came to us so strong but we were determined not to lose again at home.” She concluded.

DreamStar Ladies will travel down to Osogbo to face Osun Babes next Wednesday.

Photo Credit: Sports Retina

“NWFL Premiership: We Have What It Takes To Beat DreamStar Ladies In Lagos”

Head Coach of Edo Queens, Rollandson Odeh had stated that his team is well focused ahead of the NWFL Premiership week two encounter with Lagos based side, DreamStar Ladies at the Agege Township Stadium, on Wednesday evening. .

Having made a delightful beginning to the league with their 4-1 victory over Royal Queens in Benin city, the experienced Manager told www.thenwfl.com that he has no doubt that his team will end up victorious against the ‘Galaticas’.

” I am looking forward to the game on wednesday, we know what winning there means and we also understand that Dreamstar Ladies have a great squad to can spring out surprises when not expected.

” We won there last year and now seem to have a better, experienced and quality team, but as we all know, names don’t play football. We have to show alot of determination to gather more points early in the season and hopefully keep up with that momentum.

Edo Queens will face DreamStar Ladies on Wednesday at the Agege Township Stadium, a repeat of their 2019 opening game, where they won by a lone goal.