CAF Women CL: Lady Doves face familiar opponent in third place decider

To reach the classification game, Lady doves finished second in group A with seven points, the same with the Simba Queens who had bettered their goal difference by five goals.

Lady Doves WFC are set to lock horns with Simba Queens in the classification game that will confirm the third and fourth place of the CECAFA Samia Women Cup at Kasarani Stadium on Thursday, September 9.

The two sides have already met in this competition and played out to a barren stalemate during a Group A matchday two encounter prior to their qualification to the semifinal stage.

“We know them, we played them in the group stages and had a square of 0-0,” Lady Doves’ associate head coach Rajab Buyinza told the press shortly after the team’s last training on Wednesday.

“We have to take our chances this time around because we missed many in the earlier encounter. We have sorted ourselves and of course ready to take every chance that comes our way,” he added.

“We thank God who has guided us to reach this far. As we are going in the game on Thursday, I would like to thank the players and the management plus the technical team who have been part and parcel to this journey,” he continued.

According to the Buyinza, the team is well prepared and hoping for the very best in the bout against a ferocious Simba Queens side.

“We lost our semifinal game on penalties and it is time to pick ourselves up. A soldier does not die, we have to fight till the last minute. We have done our best and are just waiting for the show,” he concluded.

The assistant captain, Riticia Nabbosa, maintains that the girls have recovered from the disappointment and are ready to fight for the bronze.

“We are ready to seal the third position and go back home with bronze. The loss against CBE really traumatized us but we have gradually recovered,” she noted.

“We have to work hard and see that this goes in our favour since we are facing them (Simba) for the second time. We need to put up a fast game with and without the ball so that we command the game,” she concluded.

To reach the classification game, Lady doves finished second in group A with seven points, the same with the Simba Queens who had bettered their goal difference by five goals.

They later played against Ethiopian representatives Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) and held on to a one-all draw in normal and extra time before losing 5-3 on spotkicks.

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