2022 CAF WCL: How Bayelsa Queens won N150m, Bronze medal in Morocco 

By Harry Awurumibe, Africa’sNo.1 Women Football Journalist

Prosperity Girls …Bayelsa Queens win Bronze medal in Morocco and a whopping N150,000,000.00

Bayelsa Queens football club of Yenegoa has won themselves a bragging right in Africa as one the three top women’s football clubs at the moment as they finished third in the just concluded 2nd CAF Women’s Champions League final in Morocco.  

Bayelsa Queens which represented West African Football Union (WAFU) Zone B played five matches, won three and lost two. The Prosperity Girls lost 1-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns in their first match but bounced back quickly to beat TP Mazembe women’s FC of DR Congo and Egypt’s Wadi Degla women’s to amass six points in two matches which was enough to finish second behind Mamelodi Sundowns as both qualified for the semi final stage.
Bayelsa Queens however lost 1-0 in the semi final to host and the eventual champions, ASFAR Club of Morocco just as the Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) champions made amend in the 3rd Place Match against Simba Queens of Tanzania by running away 1-0 winners in the classification showdown last Saturday at Prince Moulay El Hassan Stadium in Rabat, Morocco. 

Bayelsa Queens also won the Fair Play Award in Morocco

This vital victory guaranteed Bayelsa Queens the tournament’s Bronze medal and a whopping sum of $200,000.00 (N150,000,000.00) in prize money courtesy of CAF for their efforts in reaching the last four teams. 

Meanwhile,  Bayelsa Queens have out performed their compatriots and last year’s West Africa Football Union (WAFU) B second representatives, Rivers Angels FC. The former Nigerian champions was so disappointing in the continent as they went two matches without a goal while shipping in four.
Recall the Port Harcourt-based club lost their two group matches to ASFAR of Morocco 3-0 and Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in the 2021 CAF Women’s Champions League held in Egypt to finish third in the group even as a 4-0 trashing of Vihiga Queens of Kenya in the third game failed to help the club to reach the semi final stage thus crashing out of the competition.
Although Bayelsa Queens’s 3rd place finish is seen in Nigeria as a massive achievement, keen followers of women’s football can argue that Nigeria’s dominance in women football on the continent both at national and club levels is fast fading away if the fourth place finish of Super Falcons in the last CAF Women’s African Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco and results of Rivers Angels last year and Bayelsa Queens in the CAF Women’s CHampions League are anything to rely on. 

Give Way. ..Bayelsa Queens defender clears the from the head of ASFAR Club player

For two years running, Nigeria’s champions Bayelsa Queens and former champions Rivers Angels have failed to beat both Moroccan and South African champions, ASFAR and Mamelodi Sundowns respectively while Nigeria has recently become the punching bag of South Africa, Morocco and Zambia. 

While ASFAR beat  Bayelsa Queens in the group match this year, Rivers Angels lost scandalously to ASFAR and Mamelodi Sundowns in 2021 edition of the competition as the so-called dominance of the West Africans was not evident in the Nigerian champions as losing their first two group games and failing to score a single goal in those matches said it all.

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