After putting up a strong performance in the Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT) quarterfinals, Edo Queens, Nasarawa FC, Robo Queens FC, and Delta Queens yesterday advanced to the semifinals.
With Eunice Godwin scoring a hat-trick and an own goal for Heartland FC, Edo Queens defeated Heartland Queens of Owerri 4-0 to advance directly to the quarterfinals.
In the 40th, 44th, and 46th minutes of the game, Godwin scored three goals. FC Robo, another participant in the semifinals, defeated Confluence Queens by a score of six goals.
The typically stolid Confluence Queens of Lokoja were upset by Shukurat Oladipo’s opening goal for Robo FC in the 19th minute.
The second and third goals of the game were scored by Rukayat Oladiti and Nwokodia Favour in the 42nd and 44th minutes, respectively, putting Robo FC up 3-0 at the break.
Kehinde Akinwande scored for the Lagos-based Robo FC 55 minutes into the second half before Taiwo Lawal scored twice to demolish Confluence Queens in the 59th and 77th minutes of the game.
Delta Queens prevailed 2-1 after 90 minutes of play in the battle royal between Royal Queens and the rival team, with Delta as the winner.
Prior to Chinansa Agoh tying the score in the first three minutes of the second half, the first goal was a penalty kick conversion by Favour Ijeje of Royal Queens in the 31st minute. Vera Samuel’s goal in the 71st minute, which sent the Royal Queens to the semifinals, was the game-winning goal.
Nasarawa’s Dooshima Tarnum scored the game’s final goal in the 73rd minute to give the Lafia-based Nasarawa Amazons FC a 3-2 victory over the Naija Ratels.
Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, the first lady of Edo State, came up with the idea for the competition, which is the only preseason women’s football championship in Nigeria.