Head coach of Rivers Angels, Edwin Okon, has said the public should be patient with his side as they are in this year’s Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament for the sole purpose of building up their squad ahead of the CAF Women’s Champions League.
Okon made this appeal after his side’s 3-0 win over Royal Queens FC on Tuesday afternoon.
Goals from Mamuzo Edafe, Precious Christopher and Ifeoma Polinus ensured the Reigning Nigeria Women Football League Premiership Champions record their second win in as many matches.
Edafe side footed a brilliant pass from Maryann Ezenagu which left goalkeeper Emmanuel Goodness helpless as the Jewel Of Rivers went in front eleven minutes from time.
Christopher doubled the lead from close range off a Cecilia Nku’s cross in the 83rd minute before Polinus wrapped up the scoring in the 87th minute to secure the win for Rivers Angels.
Okon who had five new starters in Tuesday’s game said he will continue to rotate the team until he gets exactly what he wants.
“Firstly I want to apologize for the first half which was a flop from the girls but generally, the spirit is quite high,” he said.
“I came here with 35 players and I want to give everyone the opportunity to play because we’re still screening them. Today we had five new starters from yesterday’s lineup and this will be a continuous process.
“Just like I said after yesterday’s game, the target is to build the team for the CAF Women’s Champions League. So our major reason for participating in this tournament is to give opportunities to these players.
“Egypt is around the corner and we’ll try as much as we can to make good use of this window,” Okon summed.
Wednesday is rest day for participating teams, actions will resume on Thursday and Rivers Angels will be up against FC Robo Queens in the last group game by 1pm.