Rivers Angels coach Edwin Okon says his side’s win over Hasaacas Ladies of Ghana in their first game of the WAFU B qualifiers for the inaugural CAF Women Champions League was down to his tactical interventions in the course of the match.
Midfielder Abiodun Deborah and winger Maryann Ezenagu scored either side of half time to hand the Nigerian champions a comfortable 2-0 win against the 4-time Ghana league winners in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire at the weekend.
The win moved Rivers Angels to the summit of Group B ahead of their next game against AS Police de Niamey of Niger on Tuesday.
Asked what he did right to win the match, the former Super Falcons coach said: “Nobody can do anything right except the Master. No coach can do anything right.
“Whatever formation you want to play, it’s only the Master that can assist you. If you want to play 4-4-2, 4-5-2, 4-3-1, whatever…
“We discovered that they were playing 4-3-3 and we decided to play same 4-3-3 with them. It has to be strength versus strength, and that is the area we conquered them, because we had more possession of the ball than them.”
Rivers Angels are attempting to become the first Nigerian team to feature in the maiden CAF Women Champions League, which will be staged later in the year in Egypt.
The Jewel of Rivers will have to win the WAFU Zone B qualifiers in Cote d’Ivoire to secure a spot in Egypt.