Malabo Kings late equalizer against AS Mande grants them a qualifying ticket to semifinals over Wadi Degla.
AS Mande scored an early goal at the 2nd minute by Bassira Toure, then Malabo Kings was close to equalize at the end of the first half by DREPOBA STEPHANIE GBOGOU before it got cancelled to end the first half 1-0 for AS Mande.
Mary Lynda Abossolo’s late goal then granted Malabo the point they needed to go through alongside Hassacas Ladies. The Equatorial Guinea side beat Wadi Degla in their second game to pick first three points before today’s draw hands them four points to qualify.
FATOUMATA DIARRA – AS Mande Forward – Woman of The Match
“Every kind of wining gives us motivation, though we said goodbye to the tournament, we spoke to each other and did our best. We’ll prepare for the next tournament as this is not an ordinary one, it’s a high-level tournament”.
“We started off in a bad way, but we got back to the game in the second half. We could not take advantage of the chances we had but we thank god as the win is what’s important. We are not very used to this stadium, but we started to get used to everything. Next match will be more difficult, and we’ll try to perform better”.
“This is the first edition, yet the tournament is going very well until now. We are very happy with the high levels of the clubs playing here”.
ABDRAMANE MAIGA – AS Mande Coach
“We had a good match today and we had a chance to qualify. We knew from the start how difficult this match would be, specially with the strong physiques the other side has. I’m proud of my players and how they played; they performed well against a very good side and we showed our abilities”.
“This tournament is an honorable image for women’s football, it will grow even more and be more successful in the future”.