Port Harcourt-based Rivers Angels on Sunday continue their near-total dominance of the Nigerian women’s football scene when they edged Confluence Queens of Lokoja 1-0 to reclaim the Nigeria Women Premier League title for the first time in 2016.
The four best teams of the season namely Rivers Angels, Bayelsa Queens, Adamawa Queens and Confluence Queens converged in Lagos for the Super4 to determine the overall champions .
In the play off on Match Day 1, Rivers Angels edged defending champions Bayelsa Queens 4-2 on penalties to book their place in the final against Confluence Queens, who saw off Adamawa Queens 2-0 courtesy of a super brace by Arit Usang.
In the ensuing final match at the Agege Stadium in Lagos, all that was needed by Rivers Angel to claim another title was a well-taken penalty by Cecilia Nku in the second minute of the highly charged encounter.
The league triumph was Rivers Angels’ sixth title following previous successes in 1994, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016 and no one was as pleased as Rivers Angels’ captain Evelyn Nwabuoku.
“I’d always wanted to win and I am happy we won the league this time around,” the former Super Falcons captain said.
“It would have been a disaster if Rivers Angels had not won any trophy this season. I am glad that we also defeated Bayelsa Queens en route to becoming champions of the league.
“This is my last match for Rivers Angels and I am proud of my achievement as a player and with the club”.
For their efforts, champions Rivers Angels got Three Million Naira (about 8,289.67 USD) as prize money and a training tour of Spain courtesy of the partnership between NWPL and Spanish outfit La Liga, while runners-up Confluence Queens were rewarded with Two Million Naira (about5,526.44 USD).
Third-placed Bayelsa Queens who thrashed Adamawa Queens 4-0 got One Million Naira(about 2,763.22 USD).