Bayelsa Queens qualify for CAF Women’s Champions League
By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor
Bayelsa Queens Football Club of Yenagoa, on Saturday, booked their place at this year’s CAF women’s Champions League, after beating Ghana’s Ampem Darkoa Ladies 3-0 in the final of the WAFU Zone B qualifiers at the Stade du Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire.
Three goals in the first half from Miracle Joseph, Falconets returnee Flourish Sabastine and Chinyere Igbomalu, were all Bayelsa Queens needed to emerge champions to qualify for this year’s CAF Women’s Champions League in Morocco.
Miracle Joseph in the 11th minute scored from the penalty spot after Flourish Sabastine was brought down by Anesthesia Achaa and eight minutes later Flourish Sabastine scored the second goal with a volley from the left side of the attack.
With three minutes left to play in the first half, Chinyere Igbomalu got the third goal with a header from a throw-in from Glory Edet to end the first half 3-0.
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On resumption of the second half, Ampem Darkoa Ladies coach, Nana Joe made four changes and that turned the game around with the Ghanaians putting pressure on the Property Girls and completely dominated Play.
In the 77 minutes of play, Ampem Darkoa Ladies had a glorious opportunity to reduce the deficit, but for the brilliance of Ange Bawou Gabrielle in goal for the NWFL Champions that made a great save to keep the score three nil.
Bayelsa Queens is the second Nigerian team that will participate in the CAF Women’s Champions League, after Rivers Angels featured at the maiden edition in Egypt last year.
The only yellow card of the game was given to Flourish Sabastine who was voted Woman of the match in the 90 minutes.
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