Determine Girls will represent Liberia in the inaugural edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League following their 4-1 victory over second-placed Blanco FC at the Tusa Field mini-stadium in Gardnersville on Saturday.
The win confirmed the unbeaten (13 wins, 2 draws) league leaders as champions of the 2020/21 Orange Women’s Division league as they extended their lead atop the table to 12 points with a single game left to be played. The league title is Determine Girls’ first-ever since their establishment in 2005.
Guinean duo, Hawa Conteh who was red-carded in the second half and Bountou Sylla also made history by becoming the first two Guineans to win the Liberia women’s division league title.
Paulinho Agbostu and Guinean international Bountou Sylla scored a brace apiece by recording a goal in each half to seal their team’s historic triumph.
Agatha Nimene got the one goal consolation for Blanco FC to increase her goal tally to 22. Blanco players appeared energized and prepared to delay Determine Girls’ title celebration for the third, but their quest became doubtful midfielder Winnie Drobor was dressed up as a goalkeeper in the absence of goalkeeper Asata Dulleh.
The presence of midfielder Drobor between the goalposts for Blanco also contributed to the team’s 4-1 defeat.
Coach Robertson Warner and his girls were presented a symbolic check of L$600,000, the amount set aside for champions of the Women’s Division.
The champions will also receive US$30,000, an amount that was reserved as support to the team that will represent Liberia in the CAF Women’s champions league. The fund is from the universal solidarity grant of US$500,000 that was allocated specifically to women’s football as part of FIFA’s COVID-19 Relief Plan for the football community globally.
In keeping with the format released by CAF for the women’s champions league, Determine Girls will participate in the qualifying phase of the WAFU Zone “A” Regional Championship slated for June 2021 to secure a post for the finals.
The regional championship will see champions from Liberia, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania and Sierra Leone competing for a single spot in the finals.
The champions of each of the six CAF Zones will be joined by the hosts and a wild card entry. The tournament then will be played in two groups of four teams.
The maiden edition of the women’s champions league will be hosted by Morocco according to the Federation’s official website.
CAF Zone 1 – Union of North African Football Federations (UNAF)
CAF Zone 2 – West African Football Union (WAFU-UFOA- Zone A)
CAF Zone 3 – West African Football Union (WAFU-UFOA- Zone B)
CAF Zone 4 – Central African Football Federations’ Union (UNIFFAC)
CAF Zone 5 – Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA)
CAF Zone 6 – Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA)