On Matchday 12 of the ongoing Nigeria Women Premier League season, Confluence Queens celebrated ending a run of five games without a win, however they would now need a momentous miracle to revive their fading hope of qualifying for the season ending Super Four as it is no longer in their hands.
This is indeed a tale of two halves for the New Direction Queens who were superb in the first stanza of the season with a record of four wins, two draws and a loss that kept them in a comfortable second position in Group B for the most part.
But the tide turned in the last match of the first stanza against Adamawa Queens, when in spite of having the rare opportunity of overtaking group leaders Nasarawa Amazons, Confluence Queens rather dropped points at home for the first time.
“I think we could not manage our success in the first stanza of the league. If you look at it we had a very good run, losing only one game out of seven. So I think along the line we couldn’t manage the success we recorded then and it got us to the point we are now.” Confluence Queens Supporters Club Chairman, Honourable Moses Bako told LadiesMarch.
Confluence Queens had a midseason award ceremony which recognised the most outstanding performers from the first half of the season and it was expected they would bounce back from their 1-1 draw against Adamawa Queens on resumption for the second stanza but that was, unfortunately, not the case as they went on to lose 1-0 in the reverse fixture on Matchday 8. And shockingly a home defeat at the hands of Delta Queens followed.
Finally, after a five match winless run, they beat Edo Queens 1-0 at their Confluence Stadium in Lokoja on Matchday 12 and are now looking forward to an away victory against Sa’adatu Amazons on Matchday 13.
“The coaching crew I know have gone back to the drawing board because in their interviews they told the fans and everyone that they are going back to the drawing board to correct their mistakes, and I want to say that the remaining matches we have, by the Grace of God, will be victory all through,” Hon. Bako stated.
“And if we are not qualifying again (for the Super Four), which is obvious that we might not be in the Super Four, I think that we will come back strong for the Federation Cup (the AITEO Cup). That is what we are looking forward to immediately we round off the season.
Ahead of Matchday 13, Confluence Queens are fifth in Group B of the NWPL, five points behind second placed Delta Queens who have 22 points. They take on Sa’adatu Amazons on Wednesday.