The much anticipated Betsy Obaseki Women’s Football Tournament kicked off yesterday in Edo State. The match day one saw five games played and thirteen goals scored.
In a Group A tie, Heartland Queens started off brilliantly with a win after they pipped Rolly Angels 1-0. Chioma John with the lone goal that separated both sides.
Edo Queens held on to a 2-1 win despite attempted late fightback from Naija Ratels.
Glory Osagie broke.the deadlock in the 37th minute for Edo Queens before Habibat Agbaji doubled the advantage in the second half to make it look like an easy demolition but Naija Ratels pulled a goal back through Favour Peter late in the game.
Naija Ratels put up a spirited fight to conjure up an equaliser but they were unable to as they had to settle for a 2-1 defeat in a match that was played in the.presence of dignitaries at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium where the opening ceremony was held.
Rivers Angels dazed Fortress Ladies 4-0 to opened group B. It’s Ifeoma Polinus who started the demolition after scoring from a close range in the 20th minute to put the Jewel of Rivers in front and in the 26th minute, Evelyn Nwabuoku converted from the spot after a Penalty was awarded to the team following a foul on Maryann Ezenagu for the second goal.
In the 54th minute, Berita Kabwe made an instant impact barely 60 seconds after coming off the bench to increase the tally from a goal mouth scramble while another substitute, Cecilia Nku rounded off the scoring with a strike in stoppage time to make it 4-0.
Elsewhere in group B, FC Robo Queens humbled fellow NWFL Premiership side, Royal Queens 5-0. Shukura Oladipo opened the floodgate of goals in the 38th and Opeyemi Ajakaiye doubled the advantage two minutes later. Super Falcons’ rave of the moment, Gift Monday weighed in two goals in the 60th and 69th minutes and Sade Ijamilusi added icing sugar to the already baked cake of result with fifth goal in the 89th minute.
Bayelsa Queens and Confluence Queens began Group C affair with a goalless draw while Kaduna Queens tie with Sunshine Queens has been postponed to Wednesday due to technical hitches.