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NWFL: RIVERS ANGELS SETS TO LOCK HORNS WITH PERENNIAL RIVALS, BAYELSA QUEENS

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Rivers Angels Football Club will on Wednesday lock horns with their perennial rivals, Bayelsa Queens in Port Harcourt.

The Jewel of Rivers, who currently lead Group B standing, with 24 points, two points above the Restoration Ladies will be hoping to maintain the lead after this mid-week encounter which automatically seals the team’s ticket to the Super Six finals.

A win over the Restoration Girls will ensure the Jewel Of Rivers go five-point clear at the summit of Group B and the Jewels of Rivers assistant captain, Polinus Ifeoma, believes it is achievable.

“We are prepared for the match, we know it’s a big game on Wednesday,” she started. “We played draw with them in the first stanza, and we know they’re coming here with full force, but myself and my girls are ready for Bayelsa Queens.”

Polinus also dismissed the issue of pressure in their camp but maintained that the team will give their best to ensure they seal the NWFL Premiership Super Six ticket on Wednesday.

“There is no pressure at all, I’m sure of victory at the end on Wednesday. It’s a big derby in the Nigeria Women Football League Premiership, I can’t predict the scoreline, but at the end, we are coming out victorious.”

Midfielder Edward Tejiri echoed her teammates’ sentiments, stating: “We are ready for the game on Wednesday, we believe with love and unity in our team, we would conquer on Wednesday.

“There is no pressure. We just have to motivate ourselves and play on Wednesday. It’s a big game, I can’t predict, but I know with God, we would conquer.”

Having won the Rivers State FA Cup recently, Coach Whyte Ogbonda believes the match was a good preparatory match for his girls ahead of the big showdown against the 2022 champions.

Whyte further said that he expects a tough match against Bayelsa Queens, but his team is ready to nick the win.

“We are playing Bayelsa Queens on Wednesday. This is the second to the last match in the regular season before the Super Six. I will say that Rivers Angels is well prepared,” he said.

“The match will go a long way to help the team qualify for the Super Six, we played FA Cup match during the weekend and I will say the match was part of our preparation for the match on Wednesday.

“We are expecting a very strong and good fight from Bayelsa Queens on Wednesday. They forced us to a 1-1 draw in Yenagoa in the first stanza, I think they will come out to ensure it doesn’t repeat again but we are prepared to ensure we get the victory over them.”

The last time both sides met during the first stanza in Yenagoa, it ended 1- 1, with Motunrayo Ezekiel the scorer for Rivers Angels.

 

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