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 Premiership Play-Offs: Ann Chiejine Hails Players Commitment, Expects More From Them Against Dreamstar Ladies.

Ann Chiejine has told her Abia Angels side that she wants to see them do more on the pitch when they face Dreamstar Ladies in their final game of the NWFL Premiership Relegation Play-Offs.

The Super Falcons Coach hailed her side’s commitment in their 1-0 over a more experienced Ibom Angels, tasking them to go all out and get the maximum points.

“Winning against a team like Ibom Angels is a great task, because they are a really experienced and good side. The good thing is that the players played to instruction and am glad we got the maximum points.

“I hail their commitment and determination that they showed all through the game, and I hope they will do better on tuesday, when we face another difficult side, Dreamstar Ladies.

“Retaining the Premiership status is our target, same as every team participating here and am positive that the win against Ibom Angels will spur us to victory on tuesday.” She concluded.

Abia Angel are currently second on the log of the NWFL Premiership Relegation Play-Offs with 4 points in two games and will battle Dreamstar Ladies on tuesday in the last round of games.

NWFL Premiership Play-Off: Dreamstar Ladies FC Fined, Coach Suspended

The board of the Nigeria Women Football League headed by Aisha Falode, has slammed a N2.5 million fine on Dreamstar Ladies Football Club of Lagos, the team’s coach and founder of the club for abandoning a league game and bringing the credibility of the NWFL Premiership League to public ridicule.

These sanctions were contained in a letter written to the management of Dreamstars Ladies Football Club and signed by the Chief Operating Officer of the NWFL, Modupe Shabi.

It reads: “The board of the Nigeria Women Football League frowned at the unruly behaviour of Dreamstar Ladies FC of Lagos in the match No: 4 of the ongoing 2020/2021 NWFL Premiership Play-Off played on May 9, 2021, at the University of Benin Sports complex, Edo State.

“Consequently, the following sanctions are hereby imposed on the club: Dreamstar Ladies FC have been fined the sum of One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,500,000) for abandoning the above named match in the 85th minute of play.

“The club is also fined an additional sum of One Million Naira (N1,000,000) for the unruly behaviour of the Head Coach, Mr. Sheriff Tajudeen and the Founder of Dreamstar Ladies FC, Mr. Abdulrahman Abolore, for bringing the credibility of the league to public ridicule.

“In addition, the Head Coach of Dreamstar Ladies FC, Mr. Sheriff Tajudeen, is hereby suspended indefinitely from all NWFL organised competitions with immediate effect for bringing the game to di

NWFL Premiership Relegation Playoffs: Pelican Stars, Abia Angels Earn Victories in Match-day Two.

Abia Angels and Pelican Stars brightened their chances of remaining in the top flight after they earned their first victories of the 2021 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership Playoffs on Sunday in games played at the University of Benin Sports Complex, Benin.

Super Falcons and Ibom Angels’ defender Blessing Edoho inadvertently nodded the ball beyond the reach of her goalkeeper for an own goal in the third minute to hand a priceless 1-0 win to Abia Angels who had started the playoffs with a 1-1 draw with Pelican Stars of Calabar.

Pelican Stars produced a barnstorming performance in their 4-2 defeat of DreamStar FC Ladies who abandoned the game in the 85th minute based on the instructions of their head coach, Sheriff Tajudeen who was serving a touchline ban for his unsportsmanlike behaviour in their 2-2 draw with Ibom Angels on Saturday in the first game.

Ogechi Ukwuoma scored the opening goal of the game for Pelican Stars in the sixth minute but Olamide Adugbe battled harder to get the Galacticas’ equaliser in the 19th minute.

Ogechi Ukwuoma notched her second goal of the game to restore Pelican Stars’ lead in the 21st minute while former Adamawa Queens’ player, Oluchi Janice Nwachukwu made it 3-1 for Pelican Stars in the 33rd minute.

Tosin Ogundeko pulled a goal back for DreamStar FC Ladies before Remi Omamuli’s goal in the 82nd minute sealed the game for the Calabar-based side.

Pelican Stars and Abia Angels with four points each occupied the first and second position on the Playoffs table after two games while Ibom Angels and DreamStar FC Ladies with a point each occupied the third and fourth positions after two games.

Monday, May 10, 2021, will be a rest day with the final game of the Playoffs expected to take place on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

Pelican Stars will need a draw against Ibom Angels in a South-South derby but an emphatic victory for the Akwa Ibom Ladies could swing the result in their favour.

Abia Angels with Ann Agumanu-Chiejine barking instructions from the dugout will also require a point against DreamStar Ladies to stay afloat in the NWFL Premiership.

Two teams will retain their NWFL Premiership spot while the bottom two teams will drop to the NWFL Championship.

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

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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: Every Game Is Important For Us ~ Hannah Amos

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Pelican Stars midfielder Hannah Amos has told www.thenwfl.com that every game they play at the NWFL Premiership Relegation Play-Offs is ‘big’ and very important for them.

“Our next game is against a side that played beautifully well against Ibom Angels and we need to focus on what might face on Sunday”

Pelican Stars played a 1-1 draw with Abia Angels in Saturday, in a game where Joy Okoronkwo’s 71st minute goal was cancelled out by Nkechi Agams in the 84th minute.

“Every game we play is big and important,” She told www.thenwfl.com.

“They are important because of what’s at stake and the rich history of the club.

“Our status is important to everyone in the club, including our fans and everyone connected to Pelican Stars.

“Our next game is against a side that played beautifully well against Ibom Angels and we need to focus on what might face on Sunday.

“We are prepared psychologically and await a very important game that will shape our position at the end of the day.”

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)

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