- Rivers Angels have been crowned champions of the 2021 Nigerian Women’s Football League
- Final match of the Super 6 was played at the Dipo Dina stadium in Ijebu Ode as Rivers Angels defeated Sunshine Queens 4-0
- There was commotion during the game as players chased the referee in their bid to beat her
There was pandemonium at the Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State on Sunday, April 25 as angry female players chased the centre-referee with fury in their attempt to beat her up.
With a ticket to continental competition up for grabs, Rivers Angels, Bayelsa Queens, Edo Queens, Robo Queens, Delta Queens and Sunshine Queens converged in Ijebu Ode for the tournament.
Rivers Angels claimed the prestigious Super 6 title after defeating Sunshine Queens 4-0 in the last game to become the 2021 NWFL champion.
Following the feat, Rivers Angels will also represent Nigeria on the continent. However, a clip showing a chaotic scene has gone viral on the internet as raging players chased the centre referee around the pitch.
She was eventually protected by top officials as well as security operatives that were present at the stadium. Respected Nigerian journalist Oni Afolabi said:
“Clubs and league organisers should educate their players about how to stay professional and the implication of disrespecting the game, while the referees on the other hand should also be fair all the time and follow the laws of the game to the letter.
"It shows the level at which the Women Professional League is. For players to have the effrontery to attack the referee, there are factors involved
"One, they felt so cheated by her action and got carried away. Their emotions got the best out of them and they decided to take laws into their hands.
"Secondly, they reasoned that security at the venue was lax, so they thought getting at the referee was not going to be a big deal."
In a bid to prevent the reoccurrence of such an act, Oni Afolabi urges the league organisers to provide adequate security for the safety of match officials at all times. He added:
“Regarding the safety of referees, the organisers (league body, host football association) must provide adequate security for all to prevent funny situations like this.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian international Paul Onuachu helped Genk to a 2-1 win against Standard Liege in the final of the Belgian Cup at the Stade Roi Baudouin, Brussel on Sunday night.
The Super Eagles forward was in action for 90 minutes in the thrilling encounter.
His international teammate Cyriel Dessers was an unused substitute for Genk.