NWPL: Akarekor Happy To Score Dream Goal For Delta Queens
By Olayinka Olawole
Delta Queens FC goalkeeper, Rita Akarekor is happy to register a goal in Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) in their 2-0 win against visiting Adamawa Queens in match-day five fixtures at the Kwale Township Stadium, Delta State.
Akarekor fulfilled her dream of scoring a goal in the NWPL after netting from the penalty kick against the Northern opponent. The Super Falcons save hands boldly stepped forward to take the kick despite her teammate Rosemary Afarrah indicated interest after Adamawa Queens defender bought down Mary Ann Ezeanagu inside the box.
In a chat with SR Sports Akarekor opened up on how she felt after converting the kick and her thoughts before taking the penalty. “I actually dreamt of scoring for my team and I thought the penalty was a great opportunity to do that. It’s a dream come true.
“When Mary Ann was brought down inside the box and the referee signaled for a penalty, I said to myself, ‘this is a golden chance to score’.
“As I was running towards the other goal post to try and see if I can be allowed to take the spot kick, Rosemary Afarrah was already with the ball preparing to take it and I had to beg her to allow me do take the kick” the former Osun Babes goalie said.
“She was surprised and initially thought I was joking about taking the penalty. But based on what she knew I could do, she allowed me to take it and I am so glad I didn’t let the team down.
Akarekor further promises fans to score more goals for the team, not just penalties, but also through open play as the league continues next Wednesday. Delta Queens will be travelling to Osogbo to battle Osun Babes FC in the week Six encounter of the NWPL.