CAF Women’s CL: Bayelsa Queens Coach Bemoans Sundowns Defeat
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By Amaechi Agbo
Coach of Nigeria Women Football League, NWFL champions, Bayelsa Queens, Mr Domo Okara has bemoaned the team’s 2-1 loss in their opening Group B match at the ongoing 2022 CAF Women’s Champions League in Morocco.
The Prosperity ladies suffered a losing start on their debut in the CAF Women’s Champions League after Monday’s narrow defeat at the hands of the continent’s title holders Sundowns in Marrakech.
That awful start has seen them drop to third in the Group B standings, three points behind second-place TP Mazembe and leaders Sundowns after the opening round of the matches.
Okara as a result has seen his side suffer their first defeat in all competitions in 2022, and the manager reflects on their unfortunate losing start to their first appearance.
“We did our best but our best wasn’t good enough. The South African team is a very good team we all know that we studied them before the game,” Okara told CAFOnline.com.
“We had our golden plan but everything didn’t work out as expected. we respected them but we do not fear them. They are very very good, better than I thought. They are a very good team tactically, they were sound and kept the ball to themselves.
“That is one of the reasons why most of the time the ball is with them, so it will be difficult to play when the ball is with the opponent and that was what I was busy preaching to my team that we should possess the ball if we possess the ball, 70 per cent we are going to win and that was what happened in the game.”
Lelona Daweti bagged the first brace of this year’s edition as her goals in each half put Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 up. She scored in 32nd minutes with the second goal in the 57 minute.
Mary Anjor pulled a goal back for the Prosperity Girls late in the game which was only a consolation n the 80th minutes.
Bayelsa Queens will hope to bounce back from the defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns when they engage DR Congo’s TP Mazembe who defeated Wadi Degla of Egypt one nil in the second game in the group on Thursday.
Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies coach, Jerry Tshabalala said they were able to win because they have studied Bayelsa Queens style of play and that their game plan worked for them.Technical Adviser of Bayelsa Queens FC, Domo Okara said it is not over yet and that if they had taken their chances the score line would have been different and promised to bounce back in the team’s next game on Thursday against TP Mezambe Ladies.
The maiden edition of the CAF women’s Champions League in Egypt last year was won by Mamelodi Sundowns when they beat Ghana’s Hasaacas Ladies 2-0 in the final.