For a second consecutive season and at the same Round of 16 stage, defending champions Rivers Angels have C.O.D United Ladies as the first hurdle they have to cross in their chase for another Women’s Federation Cup title.
The match comes up on Wednesday by 2pm at the Area 3 Pitch in Abuja.
When both sides met last year, C.O.D United Ladies, who were then in the Pro-League, could not stand the heat of their more experienced opponents as they fell by 6 goals to 1.
The Port Harcourt based-club went all the way to the final, defeating Sunshine Queens 2-0 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos to lift the trophy.
With both teams now in the elite cadre of the Nigeria Women Football League, the encounter is expected to be more competitive, however while Rivers Angels are yet to lose a game in the league this season after four matches, new comers C.O.D United Ladies are yet to get a win.
In their most recent encounter against Pelican Stars, the Amazons strived for at least a draw in Calabar, but a late goal from their hosts got in the way.
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The Amazons are fighters and do not go down easily. Little wonder coach of reigning League Champions, Edwin Okon has tagged the match against them CRUCIAL.
In a statement released by the media officer of the club, Jessica Amadi, Okon said:
“It’s a different ball game altogether, challenge cup is different from the league and I think we just need to approach the game with all amount of seriousness because anything can happen in football and as defending champions we just have to prepare ourselves, prepare our minds to make sure we defend the cup.
“The first match against COD is too important to the team; we’ll not let the state down, we always put the first before every other thing, so we won’t let the state down and at that level, I think we only need the state, our fans to equally pray for the team in as much as I know the players and officials of the team will not let them down.
“So it’s the first match and it’s as serious as the finals,” The former Super Falcons coach concluded.
Sometime in April after C.O.D United Ladies defeated FC Robo to claim the Lagos State Federation Cup title, coach of the side, Ann Chiejine was asked how she looked forward to the next stage (the national level), with a reminder of how they were knocked out last year, and this was her response:
“Number one, I give kudos to my girls, we were able to score against Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. We played against three nations so for my girls to have been able to score one goal they did very very well.”
Speaking ahead of the 2015 edition, she added: “The number one thing is we don’t even know who we are playing Let us know our opponents we will know how to follow it tactically,” the former Super Falcons goalkeeper told SPORT ON.
Now they know, let’s see how it goes.
There would be seven more fixtures across the country including two all-NWPL ties.
Ibom Angels vs Confluence Queens, Neros Sports Stadium, Anambra, (4pm)
Moje Queens vs Edo Queens, Oluyemi Kayode Stadium, Ado Ekiti, (4pm)
Bayelsa Queens vs Beautiful Tour Aba, (4pm)
Osun Babes vs Fortress Ladies, Bako Kontagora Stadium, Minna, (2pm)
Rising Queens vs FC Robo , Osogbo Township Stadium, Osogbo, (4pm)
Delta Queens vs Nasarawa Amazons, Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, (4pm)
Alberto Queens vs Sunshine Queens, Oleh Township Stadium, Oleh, (2pm)