Under floodlights, Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens settle for draw in third place playoffs

Chibuogwu Nnadiegbulam

BENIN CITY,  October 12, 2017 – Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens played out a barren draw to wrap up their campaign in the Nigeria Women Premier League Super Four at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Thursday.

The result means Bayelsa Queens will go home with the 1million naira reserved for the third place team.

The day began with uncertainty with regards to where the match would be played since the organizers now wanted matchday 3 fixtures to be played simultaneously instead of one being played before the other as was earlier scheduled.

While the first match between Nasarawa Amazons and Delta Queens was moved to 4pm at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, the South South derby between Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens had to be moved to another stadium.

School of Health was the venue first announced but it turned out that the heavy downpour in the morning rendered it unplayable.

Paragon School pitch was the next destination but when both teams arrived at the match venue they met an overgrown pitch. The playing surface was still being mowed and had not been marked.

At this point it became obvious that the match will not be played at 4pm. The teams where then asked to go to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium after the organizers of the tournament finally resolved that Paragon School Pitch was also unplayable.

Back at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, both teams watched Nasarawa Amazons and Delta Queens play out a 2-2 draw before filing out immediately after to battle for third place and the 1 million naira attached to it. And for the first time in a long while, women’s football was being played under floodlights.

Rivers Angels forward, Chioma Wogu, thought she had scored in the second minute but the goal was ruled out for offside.

From then on, the Jewel of Rivers dominated while Bayelsa Queens were still trying to find their rhythm.

In the 21st minute, Amarachi Ojinma tried a daring long range shot from near the center circle but Jonathan Alaba who stood in between the sticks for Bayelsa Queens timed it well enough.

Alaba also saved an effort by Alice Ogebe, meanwhile Ulunma Jerome threatened with her free kicks.

A bit of an improvement by Bayelsa Queens saw them almost take the lead in the 40th minute as Yetunde Adeboyejo and Tessy Biawho combined beautifully.

The second half resumed with Rivers Angels still asking most of the questions and on two occasions Wogu’s first touch betrayed her.

The match eventually ended goalless as Bayelsa Queens finished third with two points while Rivers Angels finished bottom of the table with one point.

Rivers Angels will now shift their attention to the Women’s AITEO Cup final scheduled for 18 October.

NWPL schedule for matchday 4 (Friday 13 October, 2017)

Edo Queens vs FC Robo (Novelty match) – 2pm

Nasarawa Amazons vs Delta Queens (NWPL Super 4 final) – 4pm

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