CAF Women’s Champions League: Hasaacas Ladies, Malabo Kings through to semi-final

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Hasaacas Ladies of Ghana and Malabo Kings of Equatorial Guinea are through to the Semifinals of the first ever CAF Women’s Champions League on Thursday.

Already qualified Hasaacas took on the hosts Wadi Degla of Egypt at the 30 June Stadium in a game that ended 2-2, to finish top of Group A with seven points.

The Egyptians needed a win or draw with Malabo Kings defeat to qualify for the next phase. This they have in mind as Jasmin Zachwieja opened the scoring from closed range in the 9th minute as Hasaacas defense was caught off-guard while trying to keep offside.

Faustina Aidoo restored parity for the Ghanaians with a beautiful header from a well crafted Agyekum’s free-kick in the 21st minute. Five minutes later, the Egyptians had the lead once again from a brilliant left-footed direct free-kick by Noha Abdulaziz before Veronica Appiah headed home the equalising goal four minutes after the break.

Hasaacas Ladies could have taken the lead on the 61 minutes but Boaduwaa’s brilliant shot was met with an equal energy from Elham who parried the ball into the feet of an opponent striker who then shoot wide.

Elsewhere, Malabo Kings of Equatorial Guinea had to rely on a late equaliser from Muriellynda Abossolo to book a qualification ticket to the semi-final of the maiden TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League on Thursday.

Bassira Toure had given AS Mandé of Mali an early lead in two (2) minutes into the game, as she slotted home from a scrabbled clearance.

Malabo Kings thought they had equalized in the added time of the first have but assistant referee flagged up for an offside. The equalising goal later came through Muriellynda Abossolo’s wonderful strike from outside the box with 10 minutes left on the clock.

Despite the elimination, Fatoumata Diarra’s outstanding performance for AS Mande against Malabo Kings FC earned her the TotalEnergies Woman of the Match award.

Hasaacas Ladies FC finished top of Group A with seven points ahead of Malabo Kings FC which finished second with four points and superior goal difference than the host, Wadi Degla FC while AS Mandé return to Mali with a point.

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