CAF receives NFF letter on Rivers Angels

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed receipt of the letter sent to them by the Nigeria Football Federation on the country’s representative, Rivers Angels FC of Port Harcourt, to the WAFU B qualifiers for the CAF Women Champions League in July.

The NWFL Secretariat and the Nigeria Football Federation are still waiting for the Confederation of African Football to make public the final modalities for the selection of the extra slot sets aside for WAFU B which states that, one extra slot will be given to a country whose national team won the last edition of the African Women Cup of Nations.

The AWCON title was won by the Super Falcons of Nigeria at Ghana 2018.

The WAFU B qualifiers for the CAF Women Champions League will be played in July in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, while the main championship, the CAF Women Champions League, will be played in Morocco in October 2021.

NWFL fines Ibom Angels N1m, bans fan for one year

The Nigeria Women Football League has announced a one million naira (N1,000,000,00) fine for NWFL Premiership club, Ibom Angels Football Club of Uyo, and a one year suspension of one of the club’s fans who assaulted the Centre Referee after the Week 5 game played at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium Training Pitch, Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

The NWFL Secretariat in a letter signed by the Chief Operating Officer, Modupe Shabi, stated that: “We are in receipt of match reports from the Match Commissioner and the Centre Referee of the match number 33 between Ibom Angels FC and Rivers Angels.

“The match reports stated that one of Ibom Angels FC fans breached security and made contact with the centre referee by grabbing her short immediately after the blast of the final whistle before the prompt intervention of security personnel on duty at the match.”

The Chief Operating Officer noted that ; “This action of one of Ibom Angels FC fan is a violation of article 26.1 of the rules book which is also capable of bringing the game to disrepute.
“In view of the above, the Ibom Angels FC fan is hereby placed on suspension for a period of 1 year for assault on match official.
“In line with article 26.1 and 27.1.3, Ibom Angels FC is fined the sum of one million naira only (N1,000,000.00).”

The Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, said from her base in Lagos, that, it is the believe of the league that this will serve as a deterrent to the club and a warning to all participating clubs that the league have zero tolerance for violence.

Falode appreciates Nasarawa state govt, others for wonderful league opener

The Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, has sent a message of appreciation to the Nasarawa State government for the hosting of the official league opener for the 2020 NWFL Premiership season, at the Lafia City Stadium.

Falode, expressed her delight on the excellent conduct of all the government officials assigned to the event.

“We are most grateful for the wonderful hosting given us by Nasarawa government officials, the state’s Commissioner for Sports was awesome, same as the FA chairman, the Chairman of Nasarawa United and Chairperson of Nasarawa Amazons.

“We were honoured by the treatment given us by the First Lady of Nasarawa state, Hajia Silifat Abdullahi Sule and the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Sheila Tosan Akabe, with their powerful delegation that also included the Commissioner for Women Affair that represented the Honourable Minister for Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Tallen.

“We appreciate the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, who was represented at the league opener by his Special Adviser, Mary Onyali. The NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi stayed with us all through the game, and we say a very big thank you to the representatives of our new partners the United Nations Women for #Safe Home Campaign#. We were honoured to have them partner the NWFL.”

The NWFL Chairperson, expressed her appreciations to players and officials of the two clubs ; Nasarawa Amazons and FC Robo. The referees too that did excellent job.

Falode, used the opportunity to appreciate the Edo State governor, Governor Godwin Obaseki, and his Deputy Governor, Rt. Honourable Philip Shuaib, for their presence at the Samuel Ogbemudua Stadium, Benin City where they helped the NWFL made history as the Edo Queens vs Royal Queens of Warri was played under flood light.

“We are excited by the contributions of the Edo State government towards the development of women’s football league in Nigeria. We also appreciate the Bayelsa state government for their encouragement for the women’s league. The Governor, Douye Diri surprised us with his presence at the Samson Siasia Stadium for the Bayelsa Queens vs Sunshine Queens first game.

“The media was also spectacular in their coverage of the set of first matches in the 2020 NWFL Premiership season. The board of the NWFL and the Secretariat are so elated and most delighted for the wonderful start of the 2020 Premiership season.”

NWFL Premiership 2021 Team Of Week One

Nigeria Women top-tier football league is back and a thrilling match-day one has left fans with plenty of talking points, with FC Robo travelling down to Lafia to defeat heavyweight Nasarawa Amazons and Osun Babes winning Ibom Angels in Uyo.

Elsewhere there were impressive victories for new-look Delta Queens and Edo Queens. Bayelsa Queens also got a victory past Sunshine Queens and lot more other results.

For the first time this season, we have compiled our best XI for week one.

  1. Obia Christiana (Osun Babes), Goalkeeper.

Osun Babes began the new season with an away victory courtesy of a solid display at the back against Ibom Angels in Uyo.

Key to their success in Uyo was the superlative performance of goalkeeper Christiana Obia, who produced a commanding display, including a brilliant stop to deny Edewor Precious from close range.

  1. Alani Jumoke (Edo Queens) Right Back

Alani Jumoke earns earns her inclusion in our side at right-back following a wonderful display against Royal Queens. The versatile defender was full of energy running down the flank from her right full back position. She was instrumental to her teams victory on Wednesday.

  1. Uzoamaka Igwe (Bayelsa Queens), Left-fullback.

Uzoamaka Igwe kept her preseason form down to the first week of the season, when her team won a strong Sunshine Queens at the Samson Siasia Stadium on Wednesday. Her dangerous delivery ensured Moses Aduku’s side began the new season with a promising performance against the ‘Betty Babes’

  1. Margaret Ademulegan (Abia Angels), Defensive Midfielder

Though she plays most times as a centre defender, the former Sunshine Queens defender has an intimidating height that she uses well. Her fantastic free-kick on Wednesday gave Abia Angels the confidence to lead on in the game against Pelican Stars at the Umuahia Township Stadium.

  1. Akinwande Kehinde (FC Robo), Centre-back

FC Robo made a flying start to the new campaign with a victory over Nasarawa Amazons in Lafia and the former Obilic FC of Serbia defender proved herself as an important marker at both ends of the pitch on wednesday evening, producing a stand-out defensive display and showcasing her threats at the other end at times.

  1. Abidemi Ibe (Bayelsa Queens), Centre-back

The former Ibom Angels defender gave an outstanding performance in the defence line of Bayelsa Queens, ensuring her back-line is very safe. Though diminutive, the centre-defender has shown alot that size doesn’t really matter in football.

  1. Yemisi Samuel (Osun Babes), Right-wing.

Yemisi Samuel’s debut performance ended Beena fruitful one as she score the only goal of the match against Ibom Angels to ensure her side won away from home. The Omoluabi Queens created more than five scoring chances in the game, but only converted once. It was indeed a dazzling display by the former Sunshine Queens forward on Wednesday.

  1. Dominance Odubanjo (Delta Queens) Forward.

The former Jokodolu Babes forward scored twice against Lagos based side Dreamstar Ladies at the Agbor Stadium in Delta. She was the player of the match and truly have the Galaticas defence line alot of problems all through the game.

  1. Tessy Biahwo (Edo Queens) Forward

The former Nasarawa Amazons forward enjoyed a brilliant match-day under the floodlight at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin. Her brace ensured the Obaseki girls nailed neighbours Royal Queens 4-1 in the opening encounter of the 2021 NWFL Premiership.

  1. Regina Otu (Rivers Angels), Mid-fielder

Regina Otu arrived Porthacourt from Edo Queens last season and has been impressive for the jewels of Rivers since then. Though she plays at an attacking Mid-fielder at times, her energetic and creative presence at the midfield gave Rivers Angels a great balance in the game against Confluence Queens.

  1. Monday Gift (FC Robo) Left wing.

The left winger, played mostly from the right side and was a thorn in the flesh of the Nasarawa Amazons defence. The former C.O.D Ladies of Lagos has already been tipped as one of the players to excel this new season.

NWFL Premiership: Week 1 Review: Edo Queens And Delta Queens Dominate While Nasarawa Amazons, Ibom Angels Fail To Win At Home

The 2021 NWFL Premiership got underway on wednesday with the match-day one fixtures played across seven centres in the country which created some thrilling moments in the Nigeria Women Football top-tier.

The first match of the new season recorded 19 goals, two away victories, a draw and four home wins.

Nasarawa Amazons 0 FC Robo 1

Nasarawa Amazons on rWednesday lost their second consecutive league opener at home. In 2019, the “Solid Babes” lost their first game at home to Bayelsa Queens with Anjor Mary scoring a brace in that encounter.

The home team created alot of goal scoring chances in the first half, but failed to convert them, however they were punished in the 32nd minute through FC Robo’s young forward Shobowale Rukayat.

Ibom Angels 0 Osun Babes 1

Osun Babes started the season in an impressive fashion with a win at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo. The opening half hour left much to be desired as both teams struggled to make strings of successful passes, but Osun Babes woke up after the mark. Yetunde Fajobi sent in a low cross that was met by Yemisi Samuel and the forward wasted no time in converting coolly to give the Omoluabi Queens an away victory.

Bayelsa Queens 2 Sunshine Queens 1

Bayelsa Queens Captain Joy Jerry started the season with aplomb as she led the Restoration Ladies to a 2-1 win over strong opponent Sunshine Queens FC.

Precious Vincent who just joined from Sunshine Queens scored the second goal in the 27th minute, while Seun Fakunle reduced the deficit in the 41st minute.

Edo Queens 4 Royal Queens 1

Edo Queens enjoyed total control over their opponents from the blast of the whistle. It was a comfortable win for the Rollandson Odeh girls as they romped over their neighbours Royal Queens by 4-1. Tessy Biahwo scored twice for the “Obaseki Girls” while Taibat Odueke also got her name on the scoring list.

Confluence Queens 1 Rivers Angels 1

The hosts played a good game, regularly threatening Ibubeleye Whyte in the first ten minutes of the game and got rewarded in the 7th minute through Glory Edet, but Regina Otu got Rivers Angels levelled in the 14th minute to make it 1-1.

Abia Angels 2 Pelican Stars 0

Abia Angels played an impressive attacking game against Pelican Stars at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Wednesday evening. Margeret Ademulegun’s sublime free-kick in the 15th minute handed the ‘Angels from the East’ a lead before Jane Abraham doubled in the 47th minute to give the host a 2-0 victory over the Ayade Ladies.

Delta Queens 4 DreamStar Ladies 1

Delta Queens started off the 2021 campaign with a big win over Lagos based team DreamStar Ladies in Agbor. Former Jokodolu Babes forward Dominance Odubanjo scored a brace, while Iyasere Gift and Agbonu Aghogho netted to make it four, before Bankole Sofiat scored a consolation goal in the 77th minute.