Rivers Angels yesterday emerged the best female football club in the country after defeating Nasarawa Amazons 4-3 in a penalty shootout to win the maiden edition of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Champions Shield.
Scores at regulation time was one-all before the dame dragged into shootout at the Agege Stadium.
Rivers Angels who were beaten by the same Nasarawa team in the NWFL Super 4 Tournament in Benin City late last year however got their pound of flesh in the Champions Shield competition meant to determine the best female team between the winner of the league and the Aiteo (Federation) Cup.
Alice Ogebe scored the opening goal of the game in the 42nd minute for River Angels with a header. Ejalonibu cancelled out that advantage in the 58th minute to level scores for the Amazons.
The goal by Ogebe deep into the second half for Angels that would have prevented the game from dragging into shootout was however ruled offside.
Chief Coach of the Rivers Angels, Edwin Okon, told THISDAY that he was the happiest person yesterday winning the maiden Champions Shield sponsored by Lagos State.
“I am the happiest person today for my team to emerge winners of the maiden Champions Shield. It confers on us as the best team in the country. For us (River United) as the winners of the Aiteo Cup to defeat the League champions means we are the best in Nigeria,” enthused Edwin who is former chief coach of the Super Falcons.