Chiamaka Nnadozie put in a man of the match performance to help Rivers Angels win the 2018/2019 NWPL Super 4 trophy at the Agege Soccer Temple on Sunday evening.
Rivers Angels made it to the final on the back of a strong performance from their teenage goalkeeper who produced a fine save late into the second half to keep her side in the game. After 90 minutes, the game went straight to penalties as she saved a spot kick during the shootout against Bayelsa Queens to win 4-2.
The final on Sunday saw her take her place between the sticks again and as always, Nnadozie didn’t disappoint.
From the blast of the whistle, Rivers Angels piled pressure on Confluence Queens and their pressure soon paid off as Enuma Chinaza was penalised for handling the ball in the area.
Cecilia Nku stepped up and converted from the spot to give Rivers Angels a deserved lead in the 3rd minute.
Confluence Queens quickly had to settle into the game as the team from Rivers kept breathing down their necks disrupting them from playing their free flowing football.
The NWPL Super 4 debutants however soon had their own chance as Precious Christopher’s freekick went for the top corner but the brilliant hands and feet of Rivers Angels Nnadozie were once again quick to react.
Few minutes later, Confluence Queens got their own penalty for a handball in the box but Christopher’s spot kick hit the upright as Nnadozie failed to be caught unawares following through on the ball and diving in the same direction.
An eventful first half ended in favour of Rivers Angels who did everything to preserve their lead.
In the second period both teams had a go at each other with Rivers Angels looking for the assurance goal while Confluence Queens tried to to draw level but it was all to no avail.
Confluence Queens however almost scored a late equaliser deep into added time but Nnadozie came up with a crucial flying save to tip the ball on to the crossbar and out of play.
The resulting corner kick came to naught as the referee sounded the final whistle and Rivers Angels were crowned NWPL Super 4 Champions once again.