Rivers Angels General Manager Matilda Otuene-Oyiloha has disclosed the secret behind the consistency and dominance of her side on the domestic scene.
The Jewel of Rivers recently claimed a record-equaling 7th Nigeria Women Football League Premiership title at the recently-concluded Super 6 tournament at Ijebu-Ode.
Having won the Aiteo Cup (Federation Cup) for a record 8th time, Edwin Okon’s girls are by far the most successful side in the country. Interestingly, the Port Harcourt side have won at least a trophy in each of the last 7 seasons.
Otuene-Oyiloha, who is also the Chairperson of the NWFL Premiership Club Owners Association, attributed her team’s consistency to basically hardwork, dedication and sound technical input from the coaches.
“It has to do with lots of hardwork and dedication to get to this point that we are,” she said, when asked the reason for her club’s successful run.
“I also want to thank God for His grace to be able to scale through. (There are ) lots of challenges, lots of hurdles to scale through. You know, this is the beauty of it all.
“I also at this point, want to acknowledge my technical crew. I see the team like a family. It’s a lot of work – a lot of work, a lot of research, a lot of thinking: ‘If this one is going, who am I bringing?’
“And the team already has a standard, seven (league) trophies, a trophy back-to-back every year. We need to keep that tempo.”
By winning the NWFL Premiership this season, Rivers Angels become the first Nigerian team to have qualified for the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League, which commences with a zonal playoff in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire from July 15 to 30.