Coach Ann Agumanu-Chiejiene has ruled Abia Angels out of the race for the 2016-17 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Super Four after Wednesday’s 0-0 result with Robo Queens.
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Abia Angels forced their hosts Robo Queens to a goalless draw in a matchday nine tie of the NWFL at the Legacy Pitch in Lagos, which left the Umuahia landladies rooted at the bottom of Group A with six points.
However, Chiejine has shifted her focus on seeing her side retaining their premiership status in the ongoing Nigerian abridged topflight league.
“No, we are no longer candidate for the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super Four at least for the on-going season,” the former Super Falcons keeper began on Supersport.com
“That’s the reality right now and we just have to accept and acknowledge the fact that we have lost the chance to make it to the Super Four.
“Although just like any other team in the premiership, that’s the whole dream to earn a spot in the Super Four and chance being champions for the season.
“We worked very hard towards it but we know, too that it will take more than mere effort and wish being a newcomer to the top-flight.
She continued: “I’m happy with the quality of play as well as the quality of the youngsters in our fold who have shown they can rub shoulders with the established players in the league.
“I’m encouraged and inspired with what I have seen in the players and something tells me they will go places in the nearest future.
“Right now we want to take our whole energies toward the remaining matches on the league calendar to see how we can pick enough points to keep us in the premier league.
“I think if we succeed in achieving the performance to keep our premier league status quo we will all feel achieved.
“Next season we will now do the utmost to ensure we clinch one of the spots for the NWPL Super Four.
“Though our position on the league log is not impressive the task to keep us in the premier league is still achievable and we will give it our very best to make it a reality,” she added.
The Super Four showpiece will see the two top teams from Group A and B, playing each other at an organized event where the ultimate champions of the NWFL will be decided