CAf WCL: Rivers Angels Coach Okon Confident Of Victory Against Mamelodi Sundowns

CAf WCL: Rivers Angels Coach Okon Confident Of Victory Against Mamelodi Sundowns

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By Amaechi Agbo

Rivers Angels Coach, Edwin Okon has expressed confident that the Nigeria Women’s Premier League, champions can defeat South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns in today’s matchday 2 of Group C of the ongoing CAF Women’s Champions League in Egypt, can report.

Nigeria’s Rivers Angels will look to make amends for their opening defeat when they face South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns, who are eyeing a place in the semifinals in case of a second win.

The Group B Matchday 2 of the ongoing CAF Women’s Champions League will be a thriller to watch, knowing both sides quality and hopes.

The match will take place at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo by 7pm Cairo time.

However, despite losing the opening match by 3-0 against Morocco’s ASFAR FC, on Saturday, Okon believes the result was in the past and declared that despite not watching the South Africans’ first match, the Jewel of the Rivers, will give their best

“I think the team has rested now, and we will give it our best”

“It doesn’t matter if we watched Mamelodi Sundowns play or not, games change and we just only have to do our maximum efforts,” he told CAF website on Monday.

“We don’t want to recall last match; every player can make mistakes. Every team is good, therefore they are all here with us”.

On her part, Ezenagu Ogechukwu Maryanne said their defeat against Sundowns would not affect the team.

“The loss did not affect us, because we know our capabilities and what we can do. And we can win this game”.

Okon’s opposing colleague, Jerry Tshbalala said the match is the biggest game but said they will pick the three points against the Nigerians.

Describing the encounter as “our toughest game” he added that the South Africans will not be deceived by Rivers Angels’ first match defeat.

“Tomorrow’s (today’s) game is probably the biggest game; we know Rivers Angels are strong, but we see an open way for tomorrow’s 3 points”.

“They will use space on the wings, they are a strong team, but we will fight to win the game”.

“We are happy they finally arrived; we cannot be deceived by their first match. They can play a very better football”.

“ASFAR played a very good game against Rivers Angels, their forward Sanaa Massoudy was very good. But our toughest game now is tomorrow, that’s what we need to focus on”

An unexpected 3-0 defeat to Morocco’s ASFAR in their opening fixture meant Rivers Angels, who came to Cairo with great hopes, are in a tough situation where they need nothing but a win in their second group game.

Rivers Angels arrived barely 24 hours before their opening game and are expected to be in a better shape when they take on COSAFA Champions Sundowns on Tuesday.

For the South African champions, one more win will do it to the final four. Massandawana scored early through Melinda Kgadete and held on to take maximum points against Vihiga Queens.

Sundowns missed numerous scoring chances in their opening game, an aspect coach Agnes Nkosi will try to deal with before their second match.

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