Rivers Angels hope for better League 2nd round

As the Nigeria Women Football League’s 2nd 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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