It is a briliant day for Nigeria women football, at least, this Sunday. Bayelsa Queens salvaged something from a disappointing CAF Women’s Champions League by clinching the bronze medal with a 1-0 win over Simba Queens in the third place match at Stade Moulay Hassan on Saturday.
A second half strike from Juliet Sunday was all Domo Okara’s ladies required to silence their East African courterparts and secure the consolatory bronze in Rabat.
Coming off their semi-final defeats, the Tanzanian and Nigerian champions were hoping to end their campaigns on a high and Bayelsa with the brightest start as Glory Edet’s long range effort and Etim Edidiong’s header inside the opening 10 minutes.
Simba, however, recovered from the early pressure from the West Africans as they threatened through the efforts of Asha Djafari and Opah Clement but could not find the back of the net as both sides settled for a stalemate at half time.
After the barren first half, the two clubs resumed the contest with an end-to-end battle until Juliet Sunday eventually broke the deadlock off a cross from Mercy Itimi in the 70th minute.
On seeing themselves behind, Simba pushed for a leveller but Clement’s powerful brilliant effort from the edge was turned over the bar by keeper Bawou Gabrielle 10 minutes later.
In the closing stages, Bayelsa almost added the second through substitute Chinyere Igbomalu but she missed a sitter as her side ensure to preserve their slim lead to claim their golden bronze.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Bawou Gabrielle won her second Woman of the Match accolade in the tournament following her brilliant goalkeeping to ensure Bayelsa Queens celebrate the bronze on the maiden appearance.