Rivers Angels Technical Adviser, Edwin Okon, has gone spiritual ahead of his side all-important league clash against ambitious top flight club, FC Robo Queens of Lagos.
The Jewel of Rivers are guests of the Lagos landladies in Wednesday’s Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Matchday 5 clash at the Legacy Pitch, National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.
The Garden City side were merciless against hapless hosts, Osun Queens whom they whipped with two unreplied goals in matchday 4 in Osogbo while the Lagos side were superb with a lone goal victory against hard-fighting visitors, Delta Queens coming into the crucial table topping matchup.
Okon said ruefully that his side are quite depleted but insisted that the multiple champions will prove themselves against the robust Lagos side.
“Everything we do right now or achieve is by God’s grace, we are here for this crucial match without the full complement of our players mostly the first eleven.
“Four each of my key players are currently in the two national teams, Super Falcons and Falconets while a huge numbers have travelled out to seek greener pastures.
“The ones in the Falconets who are in the country after a successful All Africa Games campaign are not released to us.
“So we are condemned to make do with what have in our hands at the moment, we are not making excuses as we are determined to do our best in the circumstance.
“I’m sure those left behind to shoulder the responsibility of the team’s dream will give their very best and perhaps prove too, that they are as good as those in the various national teams.
“Of course, we need the whole three points badly, three points will guarantee us an automatic spot in the Super 4 regardless of the outcome of the last day match against neighbours, Delta Queens.
“We have prayed, we have worked as a team, I believe despite the limiting factors Rivers Angels will rise to the occasion to answer their names as champions,” said the former Nigerian manager.
The Port Harcourt side currently lead the pack in NWPL Group A log on nine points two ahead of challengers and opponents, FC Robo Queens with a match to conclude the 2018/19 abridged league season.
Only the group’s winners are guaranteed a spot in the NWPL Super 4 championship which decides the league champions.