Coach Okon faults poor officiating for Rivers Angels’ first league loss


It was Rivers Angels’ second defeat in four days following their ouster from the Federation Cup and Coach Edwin Okon was upset that Edo Queens needed a controversial late penalty to beat them 1-0 in Benin.

Former Rivers Angels player, Amenze Aighewi slotted home the only goal that halted the defending Champions’ unbeaten league run in a rescheduled week 5 encounter, and after the match a furious coach Okon complained:

“Look at the penalty, look at the officiating, look at the ones we had, look at the ignorance, so they’re (referees) kill joys; you take time to train your team, take time to walk up your team but once they step into the pitch, the referees becomes the only player on the pitch, they decide whatever thing they want. These ones are not even qualified to handle the female league,” he said after the match.

“There are people that threaten referees every year and the referees as well do what they want, we can’t grow like this in female football, we can’t grow like this.”

The lamentation of the former Super Falcons handler continued as he believes under qualified officials are being used in the Nigeria Women Premier League.

“The league is dying; I am crying the league is dying, the referees that are into the league do not even qualify to even step into the side of the pitch, they don’t even qualify.”

With a game in hand, Rivers Angels are now 2nd in Group B of the NWPL with 19 points – while Sunshine Queens now sit on top with 22 points.

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