Rivers Angels will go unbeaten with better officiating – Edwin Okon


Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) champions, Rivers Angels Football Club will be in action today as they play guests to Heartland Queens of Owerri in a rescheduled Match Day 1 game of the NWFL.

The reigning champions are currently 2nd on the Group A log and have gone four matches unbeaten so far in the season with 2 home wins and 2 draws on the road.

With his side yet to record any defeat on the road, Technical Adviser of the Port Harcourt side, Edwin Okon believes the team can maintain the momentum if they keep having a level playing ground away from home.

“So far so good, I can’t interpret the laws of the game for those that are officiating because they know the rule,” stated the gaffer.

“In most cases we invite the state referees to come during our trainings to know one or two things from them.

“If we can get quality officiating on the road, I don’t see us losing any match,” added the former Super Falcons coach.

As for the continuous rotation of his attacking line, Okon has insisted that he would keep making use of all the options at his disposal

The former Super Falcons head coach has in his last four matches, rotated his starting XI and when asked why he’s been rotating his players, he said he has lots of options.

“The roads are open and once you’re fit, you’ll get the nod,” he said.

“There are so many options and new players in the team, when you don’t meet up, someone else takes your place.

“This will continue until I get what I want,” he summed.

In the meantime, Rivers Angels forward, Patience Kalu who made the starting line-up of Edwin Okon for the first time against Sunshine Queens has expressed her joy after an outstanding performance in her
first start.

Kalu who obviously was man of the match on the day hopes to continue giving her best when called upon.

The former Bayelsa Queens player said she knew coming to Rivers Angels was going to be a big competition to her following the stars already in the team.

“I already knew Rivers Angels was a big club with big players before coming here,” she said.

“So I knew coming here was a competition and I had to step up my game.

Patience started from the bench for the Jewel of Rivers in the game against Ibom Angels in match day 2 and FC Robo Queens in match day 3 but this did not deter her as she had to take up the challenge.

“When they weren’t using me, I was not complaining as I kept reading the game.

“Challenges always come and when I come across one, it’s like a motivation,” she added.

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