Opinion: Why Rivers Angels should get League trophy

Rivers Angels coach, Edwin Okon
By Queen John

Champions of 2013/2014 Nigeria Women Premier League, Rivers Angels are yet to receive their trophy from the League, two months after emerging winners.

Rivers Angels won the 11 team-League with 39 points ahead of Pelican Stars, Sunshine Queens and Osun Babes.

Speaking to Naijafootball247.com, coach of the side, Edwin Okon said they were yet to get their League trophy and prize money for the League winners.

“At the end of the season, the double champions have only the FA Cup with no medal, no Cup and no prize as League winners,” Okon said.

“We are still waiting, hoping and expecting that it will come because my players are asking where their medals are since it is big for them.

“It is something they would look back and say they were part of the League winners in 2014 but they don’t have it now so they keep asking about it,” Okon told naijafootball247.com

Onyedimma reacts

Meanwhile, chairperson of the Nigeria Women League, Dilichukwu Onyedinma has reacted to the claims made by Rivers Angels.

“They are talking like they started today .When we played the abridged league comprising of two groups, the winner received a trophy after the Super 6.

“We later changed the structure and brought in the Premier League and decided that the winner would be decided after the champion of champions emerges and that would be during our congress which is scheduled for first week of February,” Onyedimma said.

According to her, the winner of the Champion of Champions game will get the League trophy.

“Rivers Angels are trying to bring things that are not there and I can tell you that there is no particular trophy to be given before the congress or champion of champions,” said Onyedinma.

Concerning prize money, Dilichukwu said that the NFF are working towards arranging something for the NWPL winners.

“We have not been had prize money before but we are making arrangements with the NFF for that to come. When we have our congress we would decide on what to give. It is not the chairman’s opinion alone because the chairman has a board and members of the congress,” Onyedinma concluded.

In the course of the 2013/2014 season, Rivers Angels proved why they deserve to be called champions of the Nigeria Women Premier League. Below are some facts and figures:

Champion of Champions

The Champion of Champions game is supposed to be played between the winners of the League and the Federation Cup, just like the Community Shield in England or Super Cup in Spain.

It does not mean the League winners do not get a trophy.

Rivers Angels received the Federation Cup trophy for beating Sunshine Queens in the final; they deserve the League trophy for winning the championship.

If they eventually win the Champion of Champions game, they should get a third trophy.

That is how football is played. Rivers Angels should not be asking for their league trophy; they should have been handed the cup in Benin on the last day of the season.

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