Tactician Charles Ayiekoh’s impressive CAF Women’s Champions League run with Simba Queens came to a stop, following a 1-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC on Wednesday at the Stade Moulay Hassan, Rabat.
Lesotho national, Boitumelo Joyce Rabale’s 76th-minute strike ensured the South African outfit advanced to the final, at the expense of Ayiekoh and the Queens.
To make the last four, the Ugandan coach had led the Tanzanians out of Group A, having finished second with six points in three matches, behind hosts AS FAR who garnered nine.
Having suffered a 1-0 defeat in their first game at the tournament against AS FAR, Simba bounced back with a 2-0 win over Determine Girls FC.
Opah Clement Tukumbuke Sanga and Barakat Olaiya were on target to hand Ayiekoh and Simba their first victory on the continent.
They were yet again victorious by the same scoreline in their last group match, thanks to Asha Djafari and Clement goals, to storm the semi-finals, where they narrowly fell to Sundowns, who are also the defending champions.
Despite falling at the semis, it will be a mission accomplished for Ayiekoh and his paymasters, who had earlier set their targets towards reaching the level.
As it was also their first-ever appearance in the women’s most coveted club competition, the East African powerhouses will certainly fly back with their shoulders sky-high.