Rivers Angels head coach, Edwin Okon has described as all about pride the final clash against the Ghanaian side, Hasaacas Ladies at the WAFU-B zone qualifiers in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The Nigerian champions will clash with its counterparts from Ghana in the final on Thursday at the Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan to determine who wears the crown as overall zone’s champions.
Both sides even before kicking the ball in the final have already qualified to represent the zone at the maiden CAF Women’s Champions League coming up later in the year in Egypt.
Prior to the grand finale the nation’s campaigners defeated hapless Togolese side, Amis du Monde 5-1 while the Ghanaian flagbearers, Hasaacas Ladies overcame the Burkinabe side, USFA with two unanswered goals in the semifinals clash at the Stade Robert Champroux on Monday.
Incidentally, both finalists are meeting for the second time in same competition with the Nigerian side winning the first contest on two unreplied goals in the group game.
Okon said having weathered the storm to stay unbeaten in the competition they expect heaven to reward his side with the top prize of the football at the expense of their counterparts from neighbouring country, Ghana.
“The final encounter is all about pride, we are playing for pride against the Ghanaian opponents, Hasaacas Ladies.
“We thank God for making it possible for us to qualify for the final event proper in Egypt.
“It has not been an easy task playing all the matches and staying on top without losing any match.
“I pour encomiums on the players as they have shown appreciable and steady improvement in every game.
“We are not going to underrate the opponents having beaten them once in the group’s game.
“This time around is different being the final, so we will accord them due respect but still go ahead to implement to the latter the match goal and plan which is outright victory.
“I strongly believe that God will crown our efforts with the gold medal. We are hopeful to return to Nigeria with the trophy,” said the multiple decorated former Nigerian coach.
The two neighbours will hoist the WAFU-B zone’s flag at the inaugural edition of CAF Women’s Champions League coming up in November in the North African state, Egypt.
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