'We can't win always' - Rivers Angels' John gives up on NWPL title

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Having crumbled against Delta Queens and Nasarawa Amazons, the goalkeeper has lost hope in her side's chances of retaining the league diadem

Rivers Angels' Charity John has given up on her side's chances of retaining the Nigeria Women Premier League title after a 2-1 loss to Nasarawa Amazons on Tuesday.

Chinyere Igboamalu's opener plus Effiom Mabel's own goal helped the Lafia girls triumph over the defending champions despite Mercy Amanze's consolation.

And the goalkeeper insists her side will shift focus on claiming this year's Women's Federation Cup after the NWPL Super Four final miss.

"We [Rivers Angels] are disappointed losing our second match in the [Super Four tournament] against Nasarawa Amazons," John told Goal.

"Losing was not our intentions as defending champions but we cannot win always. In our opening game, we lost against Delta Queens due to some mistakes we made.

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"Against Nasarawa, you see apart from the first goal we conceded, the second was an own goal which if we never had would have helped us fight harder to win.

"Everyone saw how we came out strong, played maturely and showed more determination in the second half but we only got a goal and could get a comeback in the game.

"We really didn't have much time to blend together and fatigue. Since we are in the Federation Cup final, we focus on winning it and I'm sure we can still win the third-place match."