WAFU B: Edidiong scores hattrick as Bayelsa Queens thrash Athleta FC
By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor
Nigeria Women Football League champions Bayelsa Queens plummeted Athleta FC of Togo 5-0 in the opening match of WAFU B Women’s CAF Champions League qualifier at Stade de Yamoussoukro, Côte D’Ivoire.
Two goals in the first half and three in the second half were all Prosperity Queens needed to kickstart their campaign for a ticket to the clubs’ continental tourney on a flying start.
Bayelsa Queens started the game and pressed for the early goal which came when Miracle Joseph curled in a beautiful shot from the left side to put the Prosperity Girls in front in 3 minutes.
Prior to Miracle’s opener, Kasali Alake made a faulty back pass in the second minute but for the brilliance and alertness of goalkeeper Ange Bawou in goal for Bayelsa Queens, it would have been detrimental.
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Etim Edidiong got the second goal in the 5th minute after which it became a ding-dong affair as both teams tried to score and in the tenth minute of play captain of Bayelsa Queens FC, Igwe Uzoamaka, made another faulty back pass that Joy Igbazenda of Athleta FC having only Bawou to beat played wide.
The first half ended with Bayelsa Queens FC up by two goals to nil.
The Prosperity Girls started the second half the way they finished the first but were unable to get the third goal. However, they were rewarded in the 65th minute when Etim Edidiong scored a beautiful goal to make it three nil.
Edidiong Etim scored two more goals in the 77th and 80th minutes to complete the annihilation of Athleta FC.
Bayelsa Queens will take on Ampem Darkoa in matchday two on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Miracle Joseph of Bayelsa Queens FC was named woman of the match.
Earlier, Anpem Darkoa of Ghana defeated USFA of Burkina Faso three nil.
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