Second in group B at the start of the game against Wadi Degla, Bayelsa Queens defeated Wadi Degla 3-0 to retain their position and confirm their qualification for the last four of the CAF Women’s Champions League, Morocco 2022.
From the first minutes of play, Domo Okora’s ladies were asking all the questions against the Egpytians and they were rewarded in the sixth minute, when Juliet Sunday tapped in for the opener after keeper Kayley Cruz spilled the shot from Miracle Joseph.
The first 45 minutes passed with the Nigerians dominating the game but returned to the locker room with the narrow advantage of a goal.
Back on the pitch, the Bayelsa Queens showed better intentions and in the 48th minute, Mercy Itimi broke through the entire Egyptian defense and fire past the goalkeeper for the second goal of the match, compounding the woes of the Egyptian side.
Heads down, Wael El Sayed’s ladies were overwhelmed as the Nigerian side continued to dominate possessions. A well launched attack through Blessing Ilivieda, who came into play a few minutes later as Mercy Itimi grabbed her brace of the match to guarantee their qualification.
In a statement, woman of the match, Mercy Itimi said: “we want to bring the Cup to Nigeria”. The 16-year-old aims to achieve the impossible with Bayelsa Queens. “Fortunately, after our first outing, the coach cheered us up and cheered us up (laughs). He told us that we play better and are better than that,” she disclosed. “We must remain very vigilant. We have the advantage of knowing the identity of our next opponent (AS Far); it is a great team, but Bayelsa Queens are also a great team. It’s going to be a great battle.”
With the massive victory, Bayelsa Queens are in the semi-finals for the first time in their history and will face the hosts of the competition, the Moroccans of AS Far in Rabat.
On the other side, the Congolese of TP Mazembe were eliminated by Mamelodi Sundowns.