Tanzanians, Ethiopians to battle for CAF Women’s Champions League slot

Ethiopia's Loza Abera (R) chases for the ball during their semifinal match against Vihiga Queens | CECAFA

CAF WCL Tanzanians, Ethiopians to battle for CAF Women’s Champions League slot

Fred Mwambu 03:56 - 28.08.2023

Commercial Bank of Ethiopia and Tanzania’s JKT Queens will battle for the lone slot in the 2023 CAF Women’s Champions League slot.

The two sealed their berths to the final after overcoming Kenya’s Vihiga Queens and Burundi’s Buja Queens on Sunday at the FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru.

In the first match, Donisia Daniel Minja, Abdullah Stumai and Winfred Gerald scored as the Tanzanians brushed aside Buja Queens 3-1.

The match also ended Teopista Situma’s hopes of beating Uganda Crested Cranes and Kampala Queens striker Fazila Ikwaput to the Golden Boot.

Situma scored the consolation for Buja to end the tournament with five goals, three less than Ikwaput’s count so far.

However, the threat to Ikwaput’s chances is not yet over after Ethiopia’s national team captain guided CBE to a 2-1 victory over 2021 champions Vihiga Queens.

The 2021 and 2022 golden boot winner salvaged CBE’s chances with a last-minute equalizer passed Ugandan goalkeeper Ruth Aturo to force the game into extra time.

Bertha Omita had put the Kenyan champions ahead in the 53rd minute.

Aregash Kalsa Tadesse sealed the win for the Ethiopians with a screamer that eluded Aturo four minutes into the extra time.

Abera has now scored a goal in each of the five games she has played in this year's competition.

The two will battle in the final on Wednesday 30th August, as Buja Queens and Vihiga fight for the third place.

CAF Women’s Champions League

Wednesday 30th August

3rd-place: Buja Queens vs Vihiga Queens, 1 PM

Final: JKT Queens vs CBE, 4 PM

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