General Manager of Rivers Angels FC of Port Harcourt, Matilda Otuene, has said that the club will sign more players, as they continue preparation for this year’s CAF Women’s Champions League.
Otuene disclosed this immediately after the unveiling ceremony of two newly signed players on Friday, at the Ministry of Sports, Port Harcourt.
According to her, they want a solid squad heading to Egypt. “We are definitely going to bring in a few more players in the coming days,” the GM said.
“We want a situation where our bench will be as the starting lineup. The current Covid -19 situation in the world could affect your plans, if you record-ed positive cases, just like we saw in Abidjan and that alone affected some programme.
“So we have, like, six more signings to make and they would be unveiled next week, thereabouts,” she added
Rivers Angels have unveiled two new players that will represent the club in the 2021/2022 football season. The unveiling ceremony took place on Friday, at the Rivers State Ministry of Sports, Port Harcourt.
Chiamaka Okwuchukwu (Royal Queens) and Cameroonian International, Brigitte Omboudou (Amazone FAP FC) were the two players unveiled to beef up the team ahead of preparations for the upcoming CAF Women’s Champions League in Egypt and the Nigeria Women Football League Premiership next season.
Omboudou, 26, is a Silver medalist at the All African Games in Brazzaville, Congo and a former Delta Queens defensive midfielder having spent one season with the Okowa girls (2017-2018) before heading back to Cameroon.
Okwuchukwu, 16, is Royal Queens’ top striker and had an amazing season with the side before joining Delta Queens on a short-term loan for the NWFL Super 6 in Ijebu-Ode, where she scored 4 goals in 5 matches.
Speaking of her expectations with her new family, the 16-year old said she wanted to win titles with Rivers Angels.
Asked if she was going to find it difficult breaking into the team’s starting XI, Okwuchukwu said she has all it takes to break into the squad.
“I have the mindset to get whatever I want, so I’m not worried in any way,” she said. No doubt the team has a good squad but I am ready to take up the challenge.
“Expect the best from me because I’m here to make a name for myself and the team. I want to give out my best and score more goals.
“I feel very excited joining this team and I want my presence to bring forth more wins for the team,” added Okwuchukwu.
Rivers Angels will compete at the maiden edition of CAF Women Champions League later this year in Egypt after booking qualification at the just concluded WAFU B Championship held in Abidjan, Côted’voire.
By: Nancy Briggs
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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