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Rivers Angels qualify for the CAF women’s Champions League

Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) champions, Rivers Angels, have booked their spot in the maiden edition of the CAF women’s Champions League, after a big 5-1 win over Amis du Monde FC.

The seven-time NWFL champions qualified top from the WAFU B group, after defeating Ghana’s Hasaacas Ladies F.C. 2-0, they thrashed Niger’s AS Police 5-0, to qualify for the WAFU semifinal.

The Angels took the lead in the 17th minute after Abiodun Deborah rose highest in the box to head home a corner kick a Paulinus Ifeoma. Ezenagu Maryann made it 2-0 five minutes later when the ball slipped from Amis’ goalkeeper into her path and she headed home the ball.

The third goal came in the 65th minute when Damilola Koku bundled the ball into the net from a scramble. The Angels made it 4-0 almost immediately through Cynthia Aku, who finished from a Paulinus cross.

The Togolese side scored a consolation response when Ibubeleye Whyte, Rivers Angels goalkeeper, brought down Kossiwa in her box, and Nathalie Badate scored from the resulting penalty. Ezenagu then scored her second goal and Rivers Angels’ fifth goal from a well-taken freekick in the 78th minute.

Rivers angels will now face Hasaacas Ladies F.C. in the final, but the two teams will represent the WAFU region and have secured qualification for the 2021 CAF women’s champions league taking place in Egypt later in the year.

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