By Sedara Philip
Nigeria’s Delta Queens on Monday defeated Athletico FC of Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire 3-2 to qualify for the final of the ongoing CAF Women’s Champions League qualifiers for WAFU B zone.
The CAF Women’s Champions League qualifier was played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.
The two West African clubs sought to grab the single slot to represent the zone in the next stage of the continental competition.
The Delta ladies went behind five minutes into the match when Melissa Behinan scored for the Ivorian women to give them the lead.
All efforts, put up by the Delta Queens, to equalise before the end of first half hit a brick wall.
Their efforts paid off in the second half when substitute Mercy Omokwo scored from a shot in the 62nd minute.
The stalemate forced the match into an extra time, when in the 98th minute, Omokwo scored for Delta Queens after she superbly beat the Athletico’s defence to record another goal.
Delta Queens’ captain, Taiwo Afolabi made it 3-1 for the host in stoppage time of the extra time’s first half to dim the hope of the Ivorians.
Joy Sunday, however, reduced the tally to 3-2 when she pulled back a goal five minutes to the end of the game to console the Abidjan club.
Meanwhile, Delta Queens will face Ampem Darkoa of Ghana who thrashed Sam Nelly of Benin 6-1 in other Semi-final in the final on Thursday.
Winners of the tie will represent WAFU at the main tournament