There are no pushovers, says Dan Evemenado

Jessica Amadi - Rivers Angels
Following the fall of Edwin Okon's ladies at the Super four tournament, the veteran coach feels the proving their worth as former title winners

Former Delta Queens coach Dan Evemenado has attributed the poor run of Rivers Angels to the hunger of other teams for the Nigeria Women Premier League title.

The holders had lost the chance to defend their title following back to back defeats against Delta Queens and Nasarawa Amazons at the NWPL Super Four tournament.

"Every team that has come to the competition have won it before and they are not pushovers," Evemenado told Goal.

"Though Rivers Angels have won it three times in a row, Bayelsa Queens and Delta Queens have previously won the title severally just as Nasarawa Amazons did win in 2013.

"Since Rivers Angels are the defending champions of the Nigeria Women Premier League and Federation Cup, we expect a new winner of the league. They can focus on the Federation Cup.

"So far so good, the competition within the teams is high and the matches have been well contested for. I'm impressed with the teams."

He further praised the quality of performance of the participating teams, while criticising the stressful competition format for the players.

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"Generally, the standard of heat we do witness in Super Four or Super Six for those who don't understand or know much about women's football in Nigeria has dropped quality wise," he continued.

"Sincerely speaking, since I saw the programme of activities of the competition, I felt very bad. I don't see how you make the girls play two games in two days with just one day rest and comeback play another two games in two games again.

"The funny aspect of it is that you expect the first two top teams to still play in the final after a round robin on Friday. I expect the matches to be played on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with a resting day in between. It is not a good arrangement at all."