As the Nigeria Women Football
League’s 2
nd stage approaches, players and coaches of
Rivers Angels want to better their performance in the first round.

The League champions finished
the first round top of the table with 12 points having won 3 and
drawn 3, but coach of the side, Edwin Okon wants more from his
players.

Despite
not winning any game on the road in the first round, Okon says he was
satisfied with the performance of his girls.

If
you check all the teams in the first round you can see that almost
everyone lost one or two matches but we didn’t,” he said.

We
tried as much as we could to get points on the road and we nearly won
away as teams had to force us to draws at their own backyard.

The
matches we drew were games we could have as well won but didn’t. I’m
happy with the way the girls played in the first round,” Okon
added.

Last
season’s top scorer, Rafiat Sule has expressed her disappointment
with how the first round of the league went for her.

The
former Bayelsa Queens forward who recorded nine goals last season
disclosed that she is disappointed with her inability to find the
back of the net in the first round.

The
first round has come and gone and I’m not really happy with my
performance,” she said.

I
hope that the second stanza will be better,” Sule added.

The
attacker made four starts in six matches for the ‘Jewels of Rivers’
in the first round but was substituted during those appearances.

She
hopes the coaching crew will give her more playing time in other to
show what she can do.

One
of my problems is the time, the number of minutes I get to showcase
myself on the pitch of play,” she revealed.

In
my former team, I play for the entire game most of the time but here
I get 45 minutes plus which is not enough for me.

I
just hope the coach will give me more time on the pitch so that I can
show him and the team what I can do.” she added.

Rivers
Angles will be on the road to Bayelsa Queens on June 7 when the
second round resumes.

No
doubt a huge task awaits them as they continue their bid to defend
their title but the gaffer is not worried.

I
am looking forward to maintaining our position in the second round,”
Okon revealed
If
we can get a level playing ground then you can be sure we would win
our group.” he concluded.

Playing
Bayelsa Queens is not a new thing to us, with good officiating we can
get a good result there.

I
know that the task ahead of us is not an easy one so we just need to
maintain the name (Champion) which God has given to us in Nigeria,”
he summed.

Rivers
Angels 1st round results in the NWFL

Week
1
Heartland
Queens 1-1 Rivers Angels
Week
2
Ibom
Angels 1-1 Rivers Angels
Week
3
Rivers
Angels 3-0 FC Robo
Week
4
Abia
Angels 0-0 Rivers Angels
Week
5
Rivers
Angels 2-0 Sunshine Queens
Week
7

Rivers
Angels 2-1 Bayelsa Queens

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