All is now set for match day 1 of the 2016 season of the Nigeria Women Football League this weekend.
The league whose commencement this month was in doubt following some controversies that loomed after some resolutions were met at the April 22nd Annual General Congress held in Abuja will finally kick off on May 21.
NWFL champions, Rivers Angels will be on the road to Martins White Doves in the city of Benin as they open their campaign on Sunday May 22.
Technical Adviser of the Port Harcourt based side, Edwin Okon says his girls are ready for their season opener
“I must say am happy the league is finally kicking off after the long awaited time.
“As for my team Rivers Angels, we’re fully prepared for the first match, we will forge ahead and I believe we’ll do better this year.”
Meanwhile forward, Chioma Wogu is a doubt for this weekend’s game after she picked up a knock while featuring for the Super Falcons during the African Women Cup of Nations qualifying games against the Teranga Lionesses of Senegal last month.
Players like, Ibinabo Georgewill, Juliet Bassey, Ugo Okadike and Grace Henry are also a doubt.
Okon however believes the absence of these players will not affect his team’s performance on the day.
“We registered 35 players, though having many injuries, this very match is a very serious one cos it’s an opening match, so we won’t let injuries affect the team.
“We will try as much as we can to see how we can build up others so as to fill in the positions of those that are not there”.
Captain of the side, Charity John says she is prepared to lead her teammates to victory.
“We’ve been training hard for this game being our first match, we know we’ll win.
“Despite not being their captain before now, I have been leading the team and I am sure I can carry them along with that same spirit and am sure we’ll come out strong.”
Here are games to expect on Saturday May 21, in the Nigeria Women Football League
Osun Babes FC vs Pelican Stars
Tokas Queens vs Edo Queens
Nasarawa Amazons vs Abia Angels
Bayelsa Queens vs COD United Ladies
FC Robo vs Delta Queens
Sunshine Queens vs Confluence Queens
FC Taraba Queens vs Capital City Doves
Martins White Doves vs Rivers Angels (Sunday, May 22)