Nasarawa Amazons are now just one win away from clinching the Nigeria Women Premier League title they first won in the 2012/13 season. On that occasion at the Confluence Stadium in Lokoja, they defeated Rivers Angels to make their dream come true.
The next time the Lafia-based side found themselves in the league final was last season but Rivers Angels took back their pound of flesh as they claimed the league and cup double.
Now, for the second time in a row, Nasarawa Amazons are back in the final and they confirmed their place by getting rid of championship favourites and defending champions, Rivers Angels with an early goal from Adejoke Ejalonibu and an own goal from Mabel Effiom proving enough in their 2-1 victory.
“I would say I am overwhelmed,” Nasarawa Amazons coach Seyi Michael Olaoye began. “We had a game plan but today I would say we were very lucky because in the second half it was as if it was only Rivers Angels that were playing. We were on the back foot. We were just defending.”
“The thing is, we watched their (Rivers Angels’) game yesterday. We knew our own game plan is just to attack the left full back and from there we return the ball to the right. It worked for us in the first half but in the second half they countered us.
“But we would have buried the game with the counter attack we took, my player (Igboamalu Chinyere) couldn’t convert the goal,” Olaoye added.
Olaoye who has been doing a great job in the absence of head coach Christopher Danjuma further expressed optimism with regards to winning the league.
“We left Lafia, Nasarawa State with the hope of going back to Lafia with the trophy and by the grace of God we will be there.”
One player who has been instrumental in Nasarawa Amazons’ progress at the NWPL Super Four is Igbomalu Chinyere and she added: “We are looking at the final. We are looking at the trophy. We want to take it back to Nasarawa State. And by God’s grace, with determination and one spirit we will get there.”
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