Vihiga Queens set to redeem history against CBE in CECAFA semifinal showdown

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FOOTBALL Vihiga Queens set to redeem history against CBE in CECAFA semifinal showdown

Festus Chuma 09:15 - 27.08.2023

Kenyan side Vihiga Queens set to face Commercial Bank of Ethiopia in a high-stakes semifinal at FTC in Njeru, Uaganda.

Football Kenya Federation Women’s Premier League champions Vihiga Queens are set to ignite the pitch with intensity as they prepare to face off against Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) in the semifinals of the CAF Women's Champions League CECAFA regional qualifiers. 

This electrifying encounter, scheduled for Sunday, promises to be a battle of grit and strategy, with both teams vying for a coveted spot in the regional final that could secure them a ticket to the inaugural CAF Women's Champions League in Ivory Coast this November.

After finishing a commendable second in Group B, Vihiga Queens has proven their mettle, accumulating six points from three challenging matches. Despite trailing three points behind Group leaders JKT of Tanzania, Vihiga Queens remain undeterred in their pursuit of victory.

Queens caretaker Coach Okere exudes confidence that his side will beat the Ethiopians in the match to be played at t FUFA Technical Centre in Njeru, Uganda.

"We will throw everything in the field. This is a knockout game and we have to win. We have prepared well and we have watched our opponents play. It is going to be a thriller because we expect a very tight and tactical game,” he told reporters.

In their recent clash against JKT, Vihiga Queens endured a narrow 1-0 loss, facing an own goal setback and a red card for dependable defender Phoebe Oketch. 

On the other hand, CBE finished strong at the top of their group, setting the stage for a collision of two powerhouse teams in the semifinals. 

The history between Vihiga Queens and CBE adds an intriguing layer to this encounter, with the Kenyan side looking to overturn past outcomes.

 In the inaugural Women Cecafa Club tournament in 2021, Vihiga Queens suffered a 4-2 defeat against CBE in the group stage opener. 

This match presents an opportunity for Vihiga Queens to rewrite their narrative and make a resounding statement.

The stakes could not be higher as the winner of this riveting showdown will secure their place in the regional final, where the CECAFA representative for the inaugural CAF Women's Champions League will be determined.