CAFWCL: Rivers Angels bow out in style

CAFWCL: Rivers Angels bow out in style

Nigeria’s representative at the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League, Rivers Angels on Friday bowed out of the competition in grand style after a 4-0 dismantling of Vihiga Queens (Kenya)

Needing a high score margin to have any hopes of progression, the Port Harcourt based side produced an emphatic second half performance to put four past the Kenyan team for a 4-0 rout but their destiny was not in their hands as Mamelodi Sundowns failed to beat ASFAR Club in the other last group game which ended 0-0.

After a goalless first half during which Angels again missed countless scoring opportunities, attacker Vivian Ikechukwu scored twice from the spot after Damilola Koku had earned her side both penalty kicks midway through the second half.

Koku then got a goal her performance deserved before substitute Gift Monday netted her only goal of the tournament late on to make for a convincing win.

Koku was named Woman of The Match following her brilliant performance on the day.

After the game, Head coach of Rivers Angels, Edwin Okon said he was happy with the win and glad they were leaving with a better performance.

“Firstly, I’m happy with today’s victory even though it didn’t come easy but I’m glad we came out of it,” he stated.

“One can’t recall the last two matches which saw us losing and being in the position we are right now.

“The team isn’t as bad as people say, it was just luck not being on our side, especially in our second group game against Mamelodi Sundowns.

“We however told ourselves that we weren’t going to crash out of the competition without redeeming our image and I’m glad with today’s achievement.

“Lessons have been learnt from this tournament and we’ll be going back home to work on this ahead of the 2021/2022 Nigeria Women Football League Premiership season which kicks off next month because we still want to pick the next ticket to the second edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League, ” added Okon.

Rivers Angels finished third in Group B with three points as Mamelodi Sundowns and ASFAR Club finished 1st and 2nd respectively with seven and four points to make it to the final four.

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