Rivers Angels players test negative for covid-19

Ugochukwu Iwuchukwu

Players and officials of Rivers Angels FC have completed their medicals as they prepare for the commencement of the Nigeria Women Football League season.

The team comprising of 35 players and 13 officials were duly tested for Covid-19 and results for the dreaded disease came out negative as they await the announcement of football activities in the country by authorities.

The Presidential Task Force PTF on Covid-19 during a briefing on Thursday lifted the ban on football and all other contact sports in the country with effect from Monday, Oct 19.

The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu said the decision was arrived at after consultation with the sports ministry and the National Centre for Disease Control.

He, however, announced that the games would take place behind closed doors.

In the meantime, Rivers Angels Football Club of Port Harcourt have completed the signings of three Ghanaian players ahead of the upcoming Nigeria Women Football League NWFL Premiership season.

Patricia Mantey from Ghana Immigration Services, Mary Essiful of Soccer Intellectuals Fc, and Gifty Acheampong of Thunder Queens FC, all agreed to one-year deals with the NWFL defending Champions.

The trio are a goalkeeper, midfielder, and center-forward respectively, and are expected in Port Harcourt by next week.

Meanwhile, Matilda Onyiloha-Otuene has been promoted to the post of General Manager of Rivers Angels FC.

Reacting to her latest position, Onyiloha-Otuene told the team’s media that she was grateful for the promotion and promised to put in more works to take Rivers Angels to an advanced level.

“Firstly I want to thank the Commissioner of Sports, Honourable Boma Iyaye, and the Permanent Secretary, Sir Honour Sirawoo for their continuous faith in me,” she began.

“I promise never to take this privilege for granted because such only happens once in a lifetime.

“My goal for this club has always been winning and it hasn’t changed as I will keep working closely with the technical crew to ensure we achieve every target,” she said.