November 08, (THEWILL) – At Cairo’s 30 June stadium, Malabo Kings defeated Wadi Degla in Group A Matchday 2 of the TotalEnergies Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Champions League.
The Equatoguineans dominated the game, with Malabo Kings’ Stephanie Gbegou scoring from the penalty spot in the 13th minute.
She accomplished her brace in the 41st minute, scoring her third goal of the competition as Malabo went into the interval 2-0.
Grace Balongo scored Malabo’s third goal after the break. And, it could have been a lot worse but Nasra Abdel Malek, the goalie for Wadi Degla, produced some spectacular saves to save her team from a crushing defeat.
The win allowed Malabo to draw level with Degla in the top spot in the Group A standings on three points.
In post-match remarks, Malabo Kings Midfielder Grace Balongo Mfwamba, who was named Woman of The Match, said: “We spoke together after the loss of the last match. We agreed that we should keep fighting and that’s what we did.”
“I thank god for the award of Woman of The Match, it crowns our efforts and so does the win.”
“In our first match, we were nervous and were not yet aware of the situation. But we managed to pass through this one. We came to qualify to the final game; this is our level and we are ready for AS Mande.”
Mfwamba’s assistant coach Doceline Theolore was excited with their victory: “We beat the strong Egyptian team because we were more realistic than them. At the first match we lost because we were very nervous, but we won this one as we played our way.
“Our journey in this tournament was at risk, but we discussed that we did not come here to get eliminated.”
But the Wadi Degla coach Wael El Sayed was humble in defeat, admitting that they “had a very difficult game.”
El Sayed said: “We lost the game early due to physical difficulties. We are not satisfied of the result. Next game is decisive for us; I hope we can win it to continue our journey in this tournament.
“We had some individual mistakes in the defense and our finish was not good due to total dependence on individual efforts. When we played in the last minutes as a team, we were better.
“I thank my girls for their efforts, they already gathered themselves to move on from this match, and I’ll work with them to regain their confidence for the next important game.”