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Rivers Angels crash out of Women's Champions League despite Vihiga Queens rout

Rivers Angels bow out

Rivers Angels crashed out of the TotalEnergies Caf Women's Champions League despite a 4-0 thrashing of Vihiga Queens in their final Group B encounter at 30 June Stadium on Friday.

The Nigerians went into the third match of the premilinary round of the continent's showpiece following an opening 3-0 loss to ASFAR before a 1-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.

To earn a progression, the WAFU-B runners-up needed to win by at last four goals against Vihiga, while hoping South African giants Sundowns edge Moroccan champions ASFAR in the final group matches.

The Jewel of Rivers were held to a drab draw in the opening 45 minutes but Damilola Koku won a penalty from the spot and Vivian Ikechukwu converted what was the Nigerians' first goal of the competition in the 67th minute.

10 minutes later, Prolific striker Koku was brought down on the heels of a fine run and Ikechukwu doubled the lead with her second of the match from the spot against the Kenyan champions. Koku eventually brilliantly got on the scoresheet with the third of the game for Rivers thanks to an assist from Gift Monday in the 80th minute.

Former Robo Queens striker Monday also notched the fourth and final goal of the encounter six minutes to wrap up the big triumph for the Nigerian champions but their first win of the campaign couldn't take them to the last four.

Following her individual contributions, Rivers Angels star Koku was named Player of the Match against Vihiga.

Despite the big win, Edwin Okon's side were eliminated from the inter-club women's championship as Sundowns failed to do the Nigerians any favour in beating ASFAR, ending the contest in a drab draw at Al Salam Stadium.

In the final standings, Mamelodi Sundowns finished as leaders with seven points, while ASFAR ended with four points in second, while eliminated Rivers Angels and Vihiga Queens sit third and fourth with three points.

In semi-final fixtures, Hasaacas Ladies of Ghana will square up against ASFAR of Morocco, while Malabo Kings of Equatorial Guinea will take on Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in the other encounter.

 

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