Rivers Angels technical adviser, Edwin Okon has said his side will not be able to defend the league crown at the on-going Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 competition in Benin City.
This followed the Jewel of Rivers successive defeats at the annual prime competition in the hands of Delta Queens and Nasarawa Amazons.
The Garden City side lost 1-2 to the Lafia landlords in Tuesday’s NWPL Super 4 matchday 2 clash at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.
Nasarawa Amazons went two goals up in the first half off the foot of Adejoke Ijalonibu and gifted own goal by Rivers Angels defender, Mabel Effiom while substitute, Mercy Amanze scored the consolation for the Port Harcourt side.
Okon said his side somehow lost the clash not wholly to the opposition, Nasarawa Amazons but to the match officiating officials.
“We lost the match as you can see that’s a bad one to our ambition to successfully defend the league crown.
“It’s really bad losing two matches in a row that’s definitely not a good one for us as defending champions.
“However, officiating is something else especially in today’s (Tuesday) game. I’m always hesitant to talk about officiating but we all watched the match and could use our tongues to count our teeth,” said the former Super Falcons coach.
The second match of the day saw Delta Queens share the spoils with neighbors, Bayelsa Queens on one goal apiece.
Adebisi Saheed scored for the Asaba outfit in the 20th minute while Tessy Biawho levelled scores for the Yenagoa side.
Rivers Angels are at the bottom of the four-team NWPL log without a point and outright outsiders to defending their title.
Nasarawa Amazons are at the summit on six points while Delta Queens are second on four points and Bayelsa Queens on one point after matchday 2 clashes.
Wednesday is match free day at the NWPL Super 4 competition as matches will resume on Thursday.
Matchday 2 results:
Nasarawa Amazons 2-1 Rivers Angels
Delta Queens 1-1 Bayelsa Queens
Matchday 3 fixtures:
Nasarawa Amazons – Delta Queens
Rivers Angels – Bayelsa Queens