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NWPL Super 4: Nasarawa Amazons, Delta Queens Set For Epic Final Today In Benin
By Olayinka Olawole
. Nasarawa Amazons players celebrate after scoring a goal
The stage is set for the final clash between Nasarawa Amazons and Delta Queens ahead of today’s Nigerian Women Premier League (NWPL) Super Four holding at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City in Edo State.
A fierce battle is expected as the ‘Al Makura’ Ladies tackle the ‘Okowa Ladies’ for the most coveted price in Nigerian Women Football.
While Nasarawa Amazons aim to win the title for the first time since the 2012/2013 season, Delta Queens will be hoping to do the same for the first time in six years.
The Lafia girls beat Bayelsa Queens by a lone goal, before crashing out defending champions Rivers Angels by 2-1 and finally played a 2-2 draw with Delta Queens in their last round robin game.
Delta Queens on their part, reached the final by defeating Rivers Angels 2-1 , played 1-1 draw with neighbours Bayelsa Queens, and later finishing off with a 2-2 draw with Nasarawa Amazons on Thursday evening.
As a matter of fact, the Amazons have had a near perfect competition so far, claiming two victories and a draw, thereby scoring five goals in the process. Delta Queens fought their way into the final with two draws and a win, also scoring five goals before getting to the finals.
Speaking ahead of the final, Delta Queens head coach, Clifford Chukwuma is optimistic of his team’s chances of lifting the trophy this year and insisted nothing is going to stop them from achieving the feat.
” We have come a long way and nothing can stop us from lifting the trophy. Every team has come to win this cup and we getting to the final means that we have to put in our best. I am aware of what this trophy means to a lot of our fans and supporters at home. We are ready to sweat it out with Nasarawa Amazons on Friday evening,” Chukwuma told saharareporterssport.com.
In his own reaction, coach of Nasarawa Amazons, Seyi Olaoye also high in confidence believes there is a huge progression in his squad, as he feels its just the perfect time to win the tournament.
“I so much believe in the ability of my girls. We rotate our team in a way that no member of the squad is key. All players are key and important in our squad. There has been massive improvement in our team and a mode of progression too. In 2015 we ended third in the league, 2016 was second and now we hope to be champions.”
Meanwhile, the Friday final at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin will be graced by top sports personalities in the country and will be the first time that the winner will be going home with a cash prize of N3 million. The runner-up N2 million and third N1 million (Bayelsa Queens emerged third on Thursday after playing goalless with River Angels).