Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
2022 champions, AS FAR FC (Morcco) continued their podium finish at the CAF Women’s Champions League after a 2-0 win against Ampem Darkoa (Ghana) in the third-place match of the 2023 edition of the tournament at the Stade Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Korhogo, Ivory Coast on Saturday.
In a game no team will want to play after semi-final losses, both sides made changes to the starting lineup from the previous game in a bid to give more players the chance to experience the competition.
Moroccan top-choice goalkeeper, Khadija Er-Rmichi started in goal for AS FAR alongside Siham Boukhami, Nouhaila Benzina, Fatima Dahmos, Ghizlane Chebak, Najat Badri, Mafia Nyame, Aziza Rabbah, Ghizlane Chhiri, Hanane Ait El Haj, and Ahmadou Douha.
Coach Nana Joe Adarkwa of Ampem Darkoa gave starters shirts to Aishetu Fatao Awinimi, Martha Appiah, Diana Amoako, Linda Ansah, Ophelia Amponsah, Tracey Twum, Jennifer Owusuaa, Comfort Yeboah, Mabel Amoyaw, Abena Opoku, and Nancy Amoh.
Two-headed goals from Mafia Nyame and captain Ghizlanne Chebbak sealed a third-place win for the Moroccan multiple league winners.
The win ensured a triple podium finish for AS FAR in the CAF Women’s Champions League since its inception in 2021. The team won bronze in 2021 and clinched the title in 2022.
Ampem Darkoa’s loss ended West Africa Zone B (WAFU-B) consistent podium finish at the tournament. Hasaacas Ladies (Ghana) won silver in 2021 while Bayelsa Queens (Nigeria) smiled home with the bronze medal last year as WAFU-B representatives.
Ampem Darkoa Ladies coach Nana Joe Adarkwa has praised his team for their performance at the CAF Women’s Champions League in Cote D’Ivoire.
The Ghanaian champions finished the tournament in fourth place following defeat to AS FAR on Saturday evening.
Ampem Darkoa reached the semi-final in their first appearance at the competition after beating the Moroccans in their opening game and Huracanes in their final group match.
“I am not disappointed. On the contrary, I am proud of my team, of our journey, and of my staff. I learnt a lot and I hope that we will participate in the next edition. We will do everything we can to come back to this competition,” he said after the match.
Ampem Darkoa Ladies will return to Ghana to begin the defence of the Ghana Women’s Premier League title.
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