Bayelsa Queens on redemption mission against TP Mazembe

Bayelsa Queens on redemption mission against TP Mazembe
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Nigeria’s Bayelsa Queens who narrowly lost 2-1 to defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns in the Group B opening match of the CAF Women’s League in Morocco will attempt to bounce back into reckoning when they face TP Mazembe at the Grand Marrakech this evening.

The match kicks off at 8pm, Nigerian time.

Both teams are meeting for the first time. This game also represents the first time that a team from the Democratic Republic of Congo will face a team from Nigeria at the CAF WCL.

It will be the second meeting between teams from the UNIFFAC Zone and WAFU Zone at the CAF Women’s Champions League, the only previous such clash saw Hasaacas Ladies of Ghana defeat Malabo Kings of Equatorial Guinea 3-1 in their opening game at the 2021 tournament at the 30th June Stadium in Cairo on 5th November 2021.

At the 2021 tournament the UNIFFAC Zone representative Malabo Kings resurrected their tournament in their second group game against Wadi Degla, after losing their first game they won their second 3-0 which helped them eventually reach the semi-finals as they drew their final game 1-1 against AS Mandé of Mali.

Like their counterparts Rivers Angels who were Nigeria’s first representatives last year, Bayelsa Queens began the 2022 CAF Women’s Champions League with a 2-1 loss against defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies.

They will be looking to avoid the same fate as  Rivers Angles who lost both their opening games in 2021, as they lost 3-0 to AS FAR and then 1-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies.

Bayelsa Queens managed to become the first team to score a goal against defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies when Mary Anjor scored in the 81st minute of their 2-1 loss against the South African club.

 Sundowns Ladies had not conceded a goal in their five games at the 2021 tournament.

Despite losing their opening game Bayelsa Queens had more shots on target (7) than their opponents Sundowns Ladies (4).

Bayelsa Queens had a 72.8% pass success rate in their first game.

Blessing Llivideva was Bayelsa Queens most influential player in their opening game, completing 35 passes more than any of her team- mates, as well as 4 good long balls a joint high for a team. She also shared the most passes between her and her teammates, she made at least 8 passes to three of her colleagues.

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