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Match Preview : Bayelsa Queens (Nigeria) vs Simba Queens (Tanzania)

  • Match: Bayelsa Queens vs Simba Queens
  • Stage: Third-Place Match
  • Venue: Prince Heritier Moulay El Hassan, Rabat
  • Date: 12 November 2022
  • Time: 20h00 Local time (19h00 GMT)

Head- to- head

  • Tournament debutants Bayelsa Queens and Simba Queens are facing each other for the first time.
  • This game represents the second time that a club from Nigeria meets a team from East Africa at the CAF WCL Finals, in 2021 Bayelsa Queens rivals Rivers Angels and Kenyan club Vihiga Queens met at the group stage.
  • In the only other clash between a team from Nigeria and East Africa, Rivers Angels recorded at the time what was the largest win at the finals, winning their final group game 4-0 against Vihiga Queens in 2021.
  • This is the first game beyond the group stages between a team from West Africa and a team from East Africa at the finals.
  • At the current group stages Simba Queens defeated West African opponents Liberian outfit Determine Girls 2-0 in their second group game, this is their second meeting with West African opposition. While Bayelsa Queens are up against East African opponents for the firs time.
  • This game is the third meeting between WAFU and CECAFA representative clubs thus far each zone has one win, with Rivers Angels defeating Vihiga Queens in 2021 and Simba Queens winning at the current tournament against Determine Girls.
  • Both teams made tournament history as they became the first teams at the finals to lose their opening game and then win their next two group games, they also joined Equatorial Guinean side Malabo Kings. As part of a trio of clubs who lost their opening group game but managed to reach the last four, Malabo Kings in 2021 lost their first group game to Hasaacas Ladies but managed to still reach the last four.
  • At senior CAF Women’s tournament’s the Nigerian national team has thrice participated in the bronze medal game at the WAFCON they managed to win on penalties in 2008 against Cameroon but lost to the Cameroonians in 2012 and Zambia in 2022.
  • At senior CAF Women’s tournament’s Simba Queens are just the second team from East Africa to have reached the last four and participate in the play-off for third. Along with the Ethiopian women’s national team faced Ghana at the 2004 WAFCON in the bronze medal match, the game ended 0-0 before Ghana won 6-5 in the shoot-out.
  • This will be the second 3rd and 4th place play-off game at the CAF WCL Finals, the only other bronze medal game at the finals saw Moroccan side AS FAR defeat Malabo Kings of Equatorial Guinea 3-1 on the 18th November 2021 at the 30th June Stadium in Cairo.
  • At the 2021 finals in the play-off for third place AS FAR took the lead through Fatima Tagnaout in the 10th minute, Malabo Kings levelled in the 50th minute through Carol Carioca, a brace of goals in the 61st minute and two minutes into referees optional time at the end of the game. From Ghizlane Chebbak saw AS FAR through to a 3-1 win.
  • Should the game go to a penalty shoot-out it will be the second game at the CAF WCL Finals to go to be decided on spot kicks, along with Mamelodi Sundowns win over Malabo Kings in the 2021 Semi-finals.
  • The last 16 games at the tournament have produced a winner, the last game to end in a draw was Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies 0-0 game against Malabo Kings in the 2021 last four.

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