Women League gets it wrong again on champions

By Queen John

The organisers of the Nigeria Women Professional League, NWPL have once again gotten it wrong in their bid to determine champions of the League for last season.

Rivers Angels won the League title with 39 points ahead of runners up, Pelican Stars who finished with 36 points.

The Port Harcourt based side also won the Federation Cup beating Sunshine Queens 2-0 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, but the organisers of the women league are mistaking the Charity Cup or Champion of Champions trophy with the League title.

After a meeting recently, the Women League Board announced that the League Champions will be decided after a game between Rivers Angels and Pelican Stars who finished 2nd on the table to determine who wins the title.

Ideally, they should be regarded as double champions of the season for their outstanding performance throughout last year and rewarded with medals and two trophies for the two competitions but they have just one trophy in their kitty.

On Friday, January 23 2015, the Nigeria Women Premier League Board, held a meeting to review the 2013/2014 season.

It was resolved that there shall be the Champion of Champions tournament to declare the winner for the season which will be between the League winners and FA Cup Winners.

Since the Rivers State owned Angels won both competitions, it was resolved that they would battle with Pelican Stars who were the runners up in the 2013/2014 league season.

Date fixed for new season

In a related development, it was also agreed at the meeting that the new NWPL season will commence on the 31st of March, 2015 as a against the former date of 28 February, 2015

The NWPL Board also resolved that there will be no relegation this season considering the small size of the premier league and most importantly, the situation with the insurgency in the North East sub-region that impacted on the league.

Although, there will be a promotion of two clubs from the pro-league division to the premier league to bring the total number of premier league clubs to 14 for the 2014/2015 league season.

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