Women’s AITEO Cup winners Rivers Angels on Tuesday continued their build-up to Sunday’s Champions Shield match with an emphatic 3-0 victory over fellow top division side Abia Angels.
Two first half goals from Juliet Sunday and Mabel Effiom set the Pride of Rivers en route to victory in the friendly game decided at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt on Tuesday evening.
Angels coach Edwin Okon then changed the entire starting eleven at half time before one of the substitutes, Amaechi Ojini added the third five minutes after the break.
Angels face 2017 league champions Nasarawa Amazons in Sunday’s Champions Shield match billed for the compact Agege Stadium in Nigeria’s commercial hub, Lagos.
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“I am trying as much as I can to see how I can prepare the team that can represent the state at that level,” Okon toldwww.aclsports.com after the friendly game.
“You can see that is why we try as much as we can to arrange this friendly match against Abia Angels.
“We’ve been training on our own without being involved in any friendly matches which is not too good for us as a side before a Championship of that magnitude,” added the former Super Falcons coach.
Rivers Angels used no fewer than twenty-two players in Tuesday’s game and Okon stated it was geared towards giving all his players opportunity to win a place in Sunday’s Match Day squad.
“Thank God we were two goals up in the first half so we pulled out the whole of the eleven players and introduce another set to see who will be able to represent the club well come Sunday in Lagos.”
Rivers Angels have won trophies in each of the past four football seasons and will be looking to start 2018 on a high with the game against Nasarawa Amazons.