Nasarawa Amazons march to Super Four Championship final with Rivers Angels scalp

Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam

BENIN CITY,  October 10, 2017 – Nasarawa Amazons have qualified for the final of the on going Nigeria Women Premier League Super Four championship, with a 2-1 victory over defending champions Rivers Angels on Tuesday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

Rivers Angels seemed the quicker off the blocks but Nasarawa Amazons stopped them in their tracks with an early goal by Adejoke Ejalonibu.

An own goal by Mabel Effiom made it two for the Lafia-based side before half time, then Mercy Amanze pulled one back for the Jewel of Rivers.

Nasarawa Amazons coach Seyi Michael Olaoye kept faith with the same line-up that executed his side’s 1-0 victory over Bayelsa Queens in the championship opener on Monday.

His opposite number, Edwin Okon, retained just five players from the Rivers Angels’ team that started in their 2-0 defeat to Delta Queens.
Captain of the side, Charity John, replaced Tochukwu Oluehi in goal. Ugo Njoku who was an unused substitute yesterday, got the nod today.

Chioma Wogu and Glory Iroka, both of whom saw game time in the second half against Delta Queens also started while Ulunma Jerome and Alice Ogebe, both of whom failed to make yesterday’s squad list, started the game today.

As soon as Rivers Angels’ Amarachi Ojinma got the match underway, the Jewel of Rivers were the first to probe with Alice Ogebe’s effort in the 2nd minute missing goal by the whiskers.
Nasarawa Amazons however were the ones to celebrate three minutes later when Adejoke Ejalonibu sliced a shot from the left flank beyond Charity John.

Josephine Mathias who gave the assist for Adekoje’s goal was then substituted in the 21st minute after suffering a nasty injury that left her bleeding.

Rivers Angels had a one-player advantage for a few minutes before Victor Esther came on for Mathias.

Three minutes later, Amarachi Okoronkwo floated in a corner which was headed over by Christy Ucheibe.
And on 26 minutes Mabel Effiom diverted Anam Imo’s low cross into her own net to extend Nasarawa Amazons’ lead.
Rivers Angels got back in their strides in the second half as they began to mount pressure on their opponents.

Jerome Ulunma’s deflected free kick hit the post two minutes into the second period.

Meanwhile Charity John saved a one-on-one situation at the other end when Ejalonibu came calling.
Rivers Angels finally got a lifeline 18 minutes from time when substitute Mercy Amanze dribbled three defenders before sending her shot home.

But that was all the defending champions could mutter as they now have to fight for third place at the NWPL Super Four.

The winner of the Championship bags N3 million (approximately $8400), second place goes home with N2 million (approximately $5600) and the third placed team carts away with N1 million (approximately $2800). There is no prize money allocated to the team that finishes fourth.

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