The CECAFA zonal qualifier for the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League enters the semi-final stage on Monday at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.
Tanzania’s Simba Queens FC who topped Group A will take to the field first against Vihiga Queens FC (Kenya), before in-form and high scoring Commercial Bank of Ethiopia battle Lady Doves FC from Uganda.
Simba Queens will look to some of their foreign imports from DR Congo, Burundi and Malawi when they come against a battle hardened Vihiga Queens side.
“I know the Kenyan players are very physical and we must approach them with a lot of caution,” said the Simba Queens coach Ali Omar Hababuu.
The Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Coach Heye Birhanu Gizaw who has scored a record 24 goals in the group stage told Sport News Africa that they will not underrate the Ugandan team. “A knockout stage is unpredictable and we shall respect the Lady Doves because they are also the only team not to concede a goal yet,” added Gizaw.
Led by skipper Geinore Abera Loza who has netted 12 goals so far, the Ethiopia side are also the only team to maintain a 100% winning record since the tournament kicked off on August 28th.
Gred Musiime, the Lady Doves coach said although the Ethiopian team has several talented players, his team has what it takes to get a good result.
Yusuf Mossi, the CECAFA Director of Competitions said they are very impressed with the level of competition in the zonal qualifier. “I am certain that the team that will win the title will represent the region well at the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League final in Egypt,” added Mossi.
The final and play-off to determine who finishes third and fourth will be played on September 9th.
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