CAF Women’s Champions League: Bayelsa Queens pip Simba to win historic medal


By Sedara Oluwadara

Bayelsa Queens Football Club of Yenagoa, that represented Nigeria beat Simba Queens of Tanzania 1-0 to win the third place match at the second edition of the CAF women’s Champions League on Saturday.

The Prosperity Girls are the first Nigeria women’s team to earn a podium finish at the women’s Champions League which started last year in Egypt.

It was a tensed game as both teams pressed for goals, but the attackers of Bayelsa Queens and Simba Queens were goal shy as the lack dept to finish up in front of goal.

The first half ended goalless.On resumption of the second half, the girls from Yenagoa put pressure on the defense of Simba Queens, but the defense line of Simba did not gave in until the 70 minutes when Juliet Sunday latched on a rebound to score the only goal of the game.

After the goal, in the 76 minutes of play Aderemi Mary (who was yellow carded in the fifth minute of play) and Etim Edidiong were replaced by Evanick Touta and Chinyere Igboamalu, to see if to get more goals, but it was not to be with the game ending one nil in favour of Bayelsa Queens Football Club.

Bayelsa Queens lost 1-0 to hosts AS FAR of Morocco in the semi-finals while Simba Queens also fell 1-0 to champions Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in the last four.

The win against Simba Queens was Bayelsa Queens’ third in five matches played at the tournament.

The final comes up today between AS FAR of Morocco and Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa who are the defending champions.

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