Rivers Angels FC of Port
Harcourt on Wednesday came from behind to trash visiting Edo Queens 4-1 in a match day 13 of the Nigeria Women Football League at the Liberation stadium today.
Ibinabo Georgewill had given the visitors an early lead in the 2nd minute but Ugo Njoku slotted in the equalizer in the 21st minute before Iroka Glory made it 2-1 going into half time.
The 2014 NWFL champions didn’t stop there as Amarachi Ojinma raised the tally to 3-1 in the 58th minute from an Iroka Glory assist and Juliet Bassey registered her first goal of the season as she volleyed in a cross from Cecilia Nku to make it 4-1 in the 81st minute.
After the game, head coach of the Port Harcourt side, Edwin Okon expressed his delight.
“I am happy, at least we secured the 3 points and not only the 3 points, the number of goals, this is the only place you can come and see good officiating, Rivers state I said it anywhere or Abuja, that is the only two places you can go and get good officiating, aside from that, win at all cost” Okon said.
I lost to them at their home because of the syndrome of win at home all cost, but you can see today we had many penalty incidents and the referee said because we’re winning, so am grateful at least we’re on top of the league and we hope of maintaining till end of the season” he added.
Angels forward, Juliet Bassey who registered her first goal of the season could not hide her excitement.
know how many but with God all things are possible” said Juliet.
On his part, head coach of Edo Queens, Kenneth Aigbe said he would go back to the drawing board o work on their errors.
“It’s a good game, it’s a good standard you could see some errors that happened in the course of play that has to go home and work out with so that by the next game we’ll step it up, Rivers Angels is not a small team and we equally, we’re not a small team, it’s a good game, they played well and with the standard of the referee, am highly impressed, the referee did very well just silly mistakes and all that which happens everywhere in football” stated Aigbe.
Rivers Angels now top group B with 25 points and will next play Nasarawa Amazons on August 29 in a rescheduled week 11 game.
Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino last Thursday, in Abuja, revealed how Nigeria can be made a destination for top Grade A football matches and FIFA competitions.
Infantino gave the insight when the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the MoshoodAbiola National Stadium.
The FIFA boss, who was visibly happy with the re-grassed pitch at the stadium, said well-maintained stadia with good pitches were key to hosting grade A matches.
He said FIFA was ready to work more closely with Nigeria to develop the game and host more grade A matches in the country.
“We (FIFA) have to make sure when a country, when a government with the President, the minister and private persons are investing in football, in stadia, we work with them to give something back.
“It’s obvious that stadiums like this (MoshoodAbiola stadium) and others in Nigeria deserve the best quality games.
“They deserve top national team games, top club games and it’s not just about Nigerian football or African football, it’s about global football.
“We are working together to see what kind of new opportunities, competitions we can bring for men and women to fill this stadium and make the heart of the stadium beat for the fantastic spectacle that all of the Nigerian love, which is football,” he said.
Earlier, the minister said the Federal Government will continue to invest in sports development and facilities.
Tidesports source reports that the FIFA President, in the company of the minister, had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Statehouse, as part of his engagement.
Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses – Aikhomogbe
Former Nigerian goal keeper, Andrew Aikhomogbe has called on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to resolve every outstanding salaries and bonuses owed to the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr before the next World Cup qualifiers against Central Africa Republic (CAR).
Aikhomogbe made this known on the backdrop of the football body’s recent deal with Baba Ijebu.
Although the financial details of the deal was not disclosed, Aikhomogbe in an interview with Newsmen from his base in Cairo, Egypt, stated that the NFF should use this platform to offset Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“It’s a big delight to know that the Nigeria Football Federation have signed a deal with Baba Ijebu and this will serve as an opportunity for them to use part of the money to pay Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“There is no better time to motivate him than now before Nigeria’s next 2022 World Cup qualifiers against the Central Africa Republic (CAR) on October,” he said.
Enyimba Players Vow To Support Finidi
Enyimba FC Goalkeeper, John Noble has stated that the players of the People’s Elephants will be key to the success of the newly appointed coach of the team, Finidi George.
Finidi, signed a two-year deal with Enyimba and oversaw his first full training session with the team on Thursday after a cameo appearance on Wednesday.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Noble gave his assessment of the coach in his first session under the manager and believes the former Super Eagles winger has what it takes to lead the team to the next level.
He added that the Enyimba players will be the ones to hand Finidi George his success at the club.
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