Vihiga Queens of Kenya clinch the 2021 CECAFA (East Africa) Zonal Qualifiers title which qualifies the host for the Inaugural Total-Energies CAF Women’s Champions League, thanks to Jentrix Shikangwa’s brace.
An impressive Vihiga Queens dominated the first half outclassing their opponent with neat passes and chances created.
CBE almost regained their confidence following the substitution of Muderi but the queens of Vihiga reclaimed their dominance to head into the break with the lead, through Jentrix Shikangwa’s goal.
A more refuelled CBE looking for an early equaliser in the second half, saw their efforts paid off when Vivian Makokha headed into her own net from a Bizuayehu Tadesse’s freekick.
With both teams hustling for a winner, the game was balanced not until stoppage time when Phoebe Owiti was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the spot.
The 19-year-old forward stepped up to suck in all the pressure with just two seconds away from the final whistle, she calmly converted from the spot to reclaimed the lead that earned Vihiga Queens the ticket to play in the maiden edition of Total Energies CAF Women’s Champions League.
The Champions gets rewarded with cash prize of USD30,000, CBE FC of Ethiopia walks away with the runners-up cash prize of USD20,000 and third placed Lady Dove rewarded with USD10,000.
Eight teams will make it to the final event and will be put in two pools, with the first two teams in each pool progressing to the semifinal.
Vihiga becomes the 7th team to book a slot in Egypt after Morocco’s AS FAR, South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, Mali’s AS Mande, Ghana’s Hasaacas Ladies, Nigeria’s Rivers Angels FC and Egypt’s Wadi Degla SC.
The winner of the two-legged clash between Malabo Kings (Equatorial Guinea) and FC Amani (DR Congo) will secure the last slot and will represent UNIFFAC (Central Africa) at the inaugural event.