Vihiga Queens are set to face their opponents Commercial Bank of Ethiopia in the finals of the inaugural Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women Champions League CECAFA Qualifiers today, September 9 at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani, in Nairobi.
The CAF league that will be attended by FIFA’s Secretary General Fatma Samoura, will see the winner walk away with US$ 30,000 dollars, the first runners up carting away US$20,000 and the second runners up taking home US$ 10,000 while the Individual categories will also receive awards.
Today’s winner will automatically qualify for the CAF Women’s Champions League that will take place in Egypt later this year.
Briefing the press on the championship league at Nyayo Stadium Wednesday, Vihiga Queens Head Coach Boniface Nyamu said that plans for today’s finals have already been finalized and the team is ready for a win.
“The game will be easy for me because I have players that are well capable of facing the oncoming match. Our motivation is to win the game and we are very confident that we shall win,” he said.
The coach noted that they have learnt from the mistakes they made in the group stage where they lost to Commercial Bank of Ethiopia FC and it would be difficult for their opponents to get the scores they got in the prequalifies.
“As of now, I don’t think I’ll make any changes in the lineup, unless otherwise. We have so far no injuries,” Nyamu stated.
In a message to the Vihiga Queens fans, the coach implored them to have faith in their abilities and that they should expect the trophy to remain in Kenya.
“I am so happy because for the first time, we have gotten to the finals and for the first time, we shall win. Let us be the first to win. Even our logo ‘Legacy Makers’ speaks for itself. Let us be the first ones to win, to set the legacy,” he noted.
Addressing the press, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia FC head coach Birhanu Gizaw expressed confidence in the match stating that, both teams were strong and he anticipates the best.
“I have a dream for women’s football. I have been working for the last many years and I am well prepared for this match. We shall see at the kickoff,” he said.
Despite the fact that they had some injuries in his team, CBE fc, Gizaw expressed confidence in the win noting that they have ready substitutes who were equally good.
“We shall employ new tactics in the game. If we lose the game, we shall not beat ourselves. We shall continue bettering ourselves for future wins,” the coach said.
Looking at the impact of CAF Champions League on the African continent, Gizaw noted that with the great teams that were there and more that continued to be nurtured, football in East Africa would be great in the near future.
The CAF Women’s League was launched early this year with an aim to make the women’s football on the continent come to some level of top standards. Women will now look forward to a bigger competition.