2016 Nigeria Women Premier League

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Nigeria Women Premier League
Season2016
ChampionsRivers Angels F.C.
Top goalscorerRafiat Sule (9 goals)
Biggest home winDelta Queens F.C. 6 vs 0 Martin White Doves F.C.
(11 June 2016)
Biggest away win
Highest scoringOsun Babes 4 vs 3 Abia Angels
(4 June 2016)
2015
2017
All statistics correct as of 5 October 2016.

The 2016 Nigeria Women Premier League was scheduled to start in February 2016, but was moved to 21 May, 2016.[1][2] A total of 18 teams were registered for the season. The teams are divided into two groups of nine each. The winner of each abridged league will meet at the end of the season to determine the overall winner of the league. The Nigeria Women Premier League is one of the league competitions administered by the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) board.

Rivers Angels F.C. came to the season as defending champions after winning the super six tournament in Abia State in the previous season.[3] On 30 October 2016, Nasarawa Amazons F.C. and Rivers Angels F.C. were confirmed winners of group A and B respectively.[4] Rafiat Sule and Paulinus Ifeoma of Bayelsa Queens F.C. and COD United Ladies F.C. respectively led the scorer's chart with nine goals, with the former edging Ifeoma with superior assist record (5). This is the second consecutive year of Sule being top scorer as she was also the goal king in 2015 season.

On 10 August 2016, Tokas Queens and Capital City Doves were expunged from the league for failure to honour three consecutive matches.[5] The number of expelled team was increased to seven a few weeks later after Nasarawa Amazons, Martin White Doves, F.C Robo, Confluence Queens and Adamawa Queens were also evicted for similar reasons. The NWFL board explained that their commitment to improving professionalism in female football in Nigeria was reason for the strict adherence to the prior rules of the competition.[3] The economic recession in Nigeria has been highlighted as the reason for failure of teams to meet the financial demands of games.[6] The clubs were later reinstated to the league after the League Management Company gave ten million naira to alleviate the running of the league.[7][8]

On 21 January 2017, at the Abuja National Stadium, Rivers Angels defeated Nasarawa Amazons on penalties after playing goalless. This is the second trophy won by the club after winning the 2016 Nigeria Women's Cup.[9]

Format[edit]

Eighteen teams in two groups of nine each competed for the league title. Each team plays with every team in her respective group. Unlike 2015 season, where the top 3 teams from each group contested in a super 6 mini-tournament in Abia State to determine the overall winner, this season title decider involves only the winner of group A and group B. This two seasons are in contrast with the 2014 season where a complete round robin system was used. Rivers Angels and Nasarawa Amazons are to contest in a winners final to determine the overall winner of the league.[10]

Clubs[edit]

2016 Nigeria Women Premier League
Team Stadium State
Rivers Angels F.C. Yakubu Gowon Stadium Rivers State
Delta Queens F.C. Delta State
Pelican Stars F.C. U. J. Esuene Stadium Cross River State
Sunshine Queens F.C. Akure Township Stadium [11] Ondo State
Osun Babes F.C. Oshogbo Stadium Osun State
Bayelsa Queens F.C. Ughelli Township Stadium Bayelsa State
Tokas Queens F.C. Lagos State
Abia Angels F.C. Umuahia Township Stadium Abia State
Nasarawa Amazons F.C. Aper Aku Stadium Nasarawa State
COD United Ladies F.C. Lagos State
F.C. Robo Queens Legacy Pitch, Surulere Lagos State
Confluence Queens F.C. Confluence Stadium Kogi State
Martins White Doves F.C. Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium[12] Edo State
Adamawa Queens F.C. Adamawa State
Taraba Queens F.C. Taraba State
Edo Queens F.C. Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium Edo State
Ibom Angels F.C. Akwa-Ibom Stadium Akwa Ibom State
Capital City Doves F.C. Abuja

Geographical location[edit]

League standings[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Nasarawa Amazons F.C. 16 12 0 4 29 8 +21 36
2 Bayelsa Queens F.C. 16 9 4 3 30 11 +19 31
3 Ibom Angels F.C. 16 10 1 5 21 11 +10 31
4 COD United Ladies F.C. 16 9 2 5 22 15 +7 29
5 Osun Babes F.C. 16 6 5 5 16 18 −2 23
6 Edo Queens F.C. 15 6 2 7 13 21 −8 20
7 Abia Angels F.C. 16 4 4 8 19 29 −10 16
8 Pelican Stars F.C. 16 3 3 10 15 26 −11 12
9 Tokas Queens F.C. 15 0 3 12 4 30 −26 3
Updated to match(es) played on 6 October 2016. Source: Standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Rivers Angels F.C. 14 9 3 2 26 7 +19 30
2 Delta Queens F.C. 14 9 3 2 25 11 +14 30
3 Sunshine Queens F.C. 14 8 3 3 23 10 +13 27
4 Confluence Queens F.C. 15 6 5 4 15 10 +5 23
5 Adamawa Queens F.C. 14 4 3 7 12 14 −2 15
6 F.C. Robo Queens 14 3 3 8 13 29 −16 12
7 Taraba Queens F.C. 14 2 4 8 9 21 −12 10
8 Capital City Doves F.C. 14 1 3 10 6 27 −21 6
9 Martin White Doves F.C. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Updated to match(es) played on 6 October 2016. Source: Standings
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.

Awards[edit]

Player of the month[edit]

The NWPL player of the month is sponsored by futbalgalore.com.[13]

Statistics[edit]

Scorers chart[edit]

As of December 2016
Rank Player Team Goals
1 Nigeria Rofiat Sule Bayelsa Queens 9
Nigeria Ifeoma Paulinus COD United 9
3 Nigeria Patience Kalu Bayelsa Queens 6
4 Nigeria Anthony Esther Osun Babes 5
Nigeria Amarachi Ojinma Rivers Angels 5
Nigeria Ibinabo Georgewill 5
Nigeria Imo Anam Nasarawa Amazons F.C. 5
Nigeria Joy Jegede Delta Queens 5

References[edit]

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