Founded as Larry Angels in 1986 by a women's football lover, Lawrence Ezeh, Rivers Angels was renamed by then Rivers state governor's first lady Eniye Patience Abbe after a takeover in 1991.
Since its establishment, Rivers Angels has been producing some of the most iconic players in the history of Africa women's football and has been a fertile recruiting ground for the dominant Super Falcons, with record nine titles.
From Uche Eucharia [first coach and player to win Women's AFCON] to Chioma Ajunwa, [pioneer captain and Nigeria gold medalist] and Perpetua Nkwocha to Asisat Oshoala [combined eight-time winners of Africa Women's Player of the Year], the club have a back catalogue of stars that is scarcely believable.
"It has been a household name in Nigeria as far back as 1987 and I was the one who helped restructure the club with the help of Larry Ezeh," Ajunwa, who is the first Nigerian and first black African woman to win gold at the 1996 Olympic, told CAFOnline.com.
"I was the one who went into the villages to pick the players who played during my eight years with the club. Then, Rivers Angels have had the luck of having good, zealous, determined players. Against all odds, the players were playing with great passion and focus on winning which is why the team is a household name.
"Since the government took over the club, they have taken proper care of the team which is why they have continued to excel. I think various governments and firms should emulate Rivers state government to help the women's game grow in leaps and bounds."