WAFU-B Tourney : Rivers Angels thrash Police 5-0, book semi-final ticket

By Harry Awurumibe, Africa’s No. 1 Women’s Football Journalist

Rivers Angels vs Hasaacas Ladies of Ghana in the first match.

Nigeria’s domestic women’s football league Champions, Rivers Angels has qualified for the semi-final of West Africa Football Union (WAFU-B) zonal qualifiers for CAF Women’s Champions League after a 5-0 triumph over AS Police of Niger Republic on Tuesday in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

The Port Harcourt-based club’s No.11, Oghenebrume Ikehua scored the first goal of the game in the 13th minute as the Nigerians put up a dominating display from the first blast of the encounter.

All Smiles… Rivers Angels players in happy mood after they won two matches in WAFU B tournament.

What would have been the second goal by Alice Ogebe was not to be as the shot hit the post in the tenth minute even as Rivers Angels scored two goals which were disallowed for offside.

But in the 36th minute, Vivian Ikechukwu’s powerful cross finds Ogebe who tapped in for the second goal of the game.
Maryann Ezenagu who has been having a splendid competition in Abidjan increased Rivers Angels’ lead to three in the 60th minute as she also completed her brace and the fifth goal her team in the 77th minute.
Earlier, a Police defender scored an own goal which gifted Rivers Angels the fourth goal in the second half as the Nigerians got a comfortable win on the day.
Rivers Angels had in the first game recorded a 2-0 win over Hasaacas Ladies FC of Ghana and with the second victory they
occupy the first position in Group B with six points from two games and have qualified for the semi-final.
Elsewhere, in Group A, Amis du Monde of Togo and host, Onze Soeur de Gagnoa (Eleven Sisters) of Cote d’Ivoire played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with all four goals scored in the first half of the game.

Rivers Angels line up

Habiba Ouedragaodo scored the opening goal of the game for Onze Soeur de Gagnoa before Aminata Haidara’s own goal equalised for Amis du Monde in the 28th minute.

The player of the match, Nathalie Badate of Amis du Monde put her side ahead in the 38th minute while Legoli Priscille Kreto made it 2-2 in the 39th minute.
Both sides earned their first point of the tournament as host, Onze Soeur de Gagnoa has played two games while Amis du Monde will play its final group game against USFA of Burkina Faso which defeated Onze Soeur.

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