Nigeria NWFL: Dominance makes NWFL Best XI of Matchday 1

Delta Queens FC winger  Odunbanjo Dominance made the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership team of the week following her impressive debut.

 For the first time this season, the NWFL team of the week was released after the Matchday one.

The Nigeria Women top-tier football league got underway on Wednesday with 14 teams battling for the title in a straight league format.

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Dominance was instrumental to Delta Queens FC who trounced Dreamstars Ladies 4-1 to begin the campaign on high.

A thrilling Matchday 1 saw a total of 19 goals scored with two away victories and one draw.

 FC Robo win in Lafia to heavyweight Nasarawa Amazons and Osun Babes victory against  Ibom Angels in Uyo was the first away wins of the season.

In the NWFL best XI released on Friday, FC Robo, Bayelsa Queens and Edo Queens dominated the team with two players each.

Dominance brace against Dreamstars Ladies earned her a place in the starting XI.

Here are the NWFL Matchday 1 best XI as compiled by the organizers.

Christiana (Osun Babes), Goalkeeper.

Osun Babes began the new season with an away victory courtesy of a solid display at the back against Ibom Angels in Uyo.

Key to their success in Uyo was the superlative performance of goalkeeper Christiana Obia, who produced a commanding display, including a brilliant stop to deny Edewor Precious from close range.

Alani Jumoke (Edo Queens) Right Back

Alani Jumoke earns earns her inclusion in our side at right-back following a wonderful display against Royal Queens. The versatile defender was full of energy running down the flank from her right full back position. She was instrumental to her teams victory on Wednesday.

Uzoamaka Igwe (Bayelsa Queens), Left-fullback.

Uzoamaka Igwe kept her preseason form down to the first week of the season, when her team won a strong Sunshine Queens at the Samson Siasia Stadium on Wednesday. Her dangerous delivery ensured Moses Aduku’s side began the new season with a promising performance against the ‘Betty Babes’

Margaret Ademulegan (Abia Angels), Defensive Midfielder

Though she plays most times as a centre defender, the former Sunshine Queens defender has an intimidating height that she uses well. Her fantastic free-kick on Wednesday gave Abia Angels the confidence to lead on in the game against Pelican Stars at the Umuahia Township Stadium.

Akinwande Kehinde (FC Robo), Centre-back

FC Robo made a flying start to the new campaign with a victory over Nasarawa Amazons in Lafia and the former Obilic FC of Serbia defender proved herself as an important marker at both ends of the pitch on wednesday evening, producing a stand-out defensive display and showcasing her threats at the other end at times.

Abidemi Ibe (Bayelsa Queens), Centre-back

The former Ibom Angels defender gave an outstanding performance in the defence line of Bayelsa Queens, ensuring her back-line is very safe. Though diminutive, the centre-defender has shown alot that size doesn’t really matter in football.

Yemisi Samuel (Osun Babes), Right-wing.

Yemisi Samuel’s debut performance ended Beena fruitful one as she score the only goal of the match against Ibom Angels to ensure her side won away from home. The Omoluabi Queens created more than five scoring chances in the game, but only converted once. It was indeed a dazzling display by the former Sunshine Queens forward on Wednesday.

Dominance Odubanjo (Delta Queens) Forward.

The former Jokodolu Babes forward scored twice against Lagos based side Dreamstar Ladies at the Agbor Stadium in Delta. She was the player of the match and truly have the Galaticas defence line alot of problems all through the game.

Tessy Biahwo (Edo Queens) Forward

The former Nasarawa Amazons forward enjoyed a brilliant match-day under the floodlight at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin. Her brace ensured the Obaseki girls nailed neighbours Royal Queens 4-1 in the opening encounter of the 2021 NWFL Premiership.

Regina Otu (Rivers Angels), Mid-fielder

Regina Otu arrived Porthacourt from Edo Queens last season and has been impressive for the jewels of Rivers since then. Though she plays at an attacking Mid-fielder at times, her energetic and creative presence at the midfield gave Rivers Angels a great balance in the game against Confluence Queens.

Monday Gift (FC Robo) Left wing.

The left winger, played mostly from the right side and was a thorn in the flesh of the Nasarawa Amazons defence. The former C.O.D Ladies of Lagos has already been tipped as one of the players to excel this new season.


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Henry Usiayo is a reporter who has a flair for sports and he currently write sports articles for Africa Top Sports.

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