Abuja - Defending champions of the Women’s Confederations Cup, Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt on Saturday retained the cup back to back for 2011 and 2012 edition of the challenge cup.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the defending champions won the 2012 season after a goal less draw resulting in a penalty against Inneh Queens of Benin, which ended in 5-4 in their favour.
While the Sunshine Queens of Akure took the third place after a goalless draw with Akwa Ibom angels which ended 4-0 in a penalty shootout.
Edwin Okon, the Chief Coach of the Rivers Angels, expressed satisfaction for winning the competition.
He said that their opponent played well and that they were a good team, adding that they would have to go back and do more work to prepare for next season.
According to him, the River State has been very supportive in the area of sports development, adding that the victory was the only way to show appreciation to the state government.
Sanusi Mohammed, the Director, the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), while presenting trophy’s to the clubs, said that the federation was going to be more committed in the development of female football.
According to him, from next year, the female clubs will receive the same treatment and benefits with the male teams.
"The NFA has taken over the women challenge cup like the men, so next year you will compete with the men.
"What the men enjoy, you will also enjoy it too and you will see a lot of changes and innovations just be determined and be focused," he said.
NAN reports that gold and silver medals were presented to the players alongside the trophies.