August 16, (THEWILL) – Delta Queens of Asaba, representing Nigeria in this year’s CAF Women’s Champions League WAFU B playoff, landed in Benin City, Edo State, on Wednesday, with their sights set firmly on qualifying for the continental championship.
The Asaba-based club is placed in Group A alongside USFA Burkina Faso, Atletico D’Abidjan of Cote d’Ivoire and Sam Nelly FC of Benin Republic. After the withdrawal of one team, Group B is now left with three contenders – Ghana’s Ampem Darkoa, AS Garde FC of Niger and Friends of the World FC from Togo. The teams in both groups will battle it out at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium starting August 18 for a chance to represent the WAFU B zone in Morocco later this year.
Speaking upon arrival in Benin, players and officials of Delta Queens vowed to do everything possible to grab the sole ticket on offer. “We have worked extremely hard to reach this stage and I’m confident we have what it takes to finish top of our group,” said team captain Vivian Ike.
Chairman of Delta Sports Commission, Tonobok Okowa urged the players to keep their eyes on the prize, saying: “Every team here wants to win but my advice to our girls is to remain focused on the task at hand. I wish them the very best of luck.”
The WAFU B preliminaries will take place from August 18 to September 1 with the winner moving on to the CAF Women’s Champions League finals slated for Morocco later in the year. Delta Queens will be hoping to make that trip and represent Nigeria on the continent’s biggest stage.
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