Breaking: New NPFL winners, Rivers United, Angels dump NFF ‘s FA Cup

Just few days after winning 2021/22 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, Rivers United, have abandoned round of 64 Federation Cup match versus Dakkada FC.

This was disclosed by the club management on Saturday.

Also, former Nigeria Women Football League champions Rivers Angels have pulled out of the 2021/2022 Federation Cup.

A statement from the club’s management reads, “This decision is coming after due deliberations amongst the team’s management and staff to explore the options before us. Consequently, Rivers Angels FC will not be partaking in this year’s competition. 

“The club have also officially notified the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) of this development and expressed their regrets as well.

“Part of the reasons for the withdrawal is due to the fact that seven out of the 15 players retained by the club are currently unavailable due to national team engagements. Five are with the U-20 Women’s National team while two (from Ghana and Cameroon) are also away at the moment.

“The Rivers Angels team are then left with just eight players and are currently undergoing a recruitment process ahead of the next football season which makes it difficult to proceed with this year’s Aiteo Cup. 

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused the Federation and our teeming fans while assuring that we shall be back in a bigger way next time.”

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