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CWCL: Nigeria to rekindle rivalry with South Africa

Nigeria and WAFU B champions, Bayelsa Queens will begin their quest for the CAF Women's Champions League glory in Morocco when they renew hostilities with their South African counterpart, Mamelodi Sundowns.

The two teams are drawn in Group B alongside Wadi Degla and TP Mazembe.

Recall the South African ladies are the defending champions having won the maiden edition last year, while Bayelsa qualified for the tournament with a fantastic outing at the West African Football Union (WAFU) B tournament in Abidjan - defeating Ghana's Ampem Dorkoa ladies 3-0 to clinch the ticket.

Speaking ahead of the tie which kicks off at 17:00 Nigerian time on Monday, Bayelsa Queens head coach, Doma Okara expressed the side's readiness.

"We are fully prepared and that is why we arrived in Morocco seven days before the kick off of the tournament."

"This is to enable us to acclimatise and familiarise ourselves with the food, weather and all that."

"We have also played a couple of friendly matches with clubsides in Morocco, to keep the girls fit and ready for the tournament."

"I have spoken with the players on the need to give their best, even up to 150 percent effort if possible. We are hopeful about the outcome of the game," Okara said.

Meanwhile, Mamelodi Sundowns head coach, Jerry Tshabalala, says he is no stranger of the Nigerian champions,

"We are blessed with a very sound technical team that has been proactive in scouting our opponents." Tshabalala told reporters following his team's arrival in Marrakech.

"Although it's been difficult for us to obtain clips of our rivals, we have acquired some from Bayelsa Queens and Congo's TP Mazembe.

"It's a bit of a challenge to get clips of Wadi Degla but we know what to expect considering that we played Morocco's AS FAR last year," Tshabalala told CAFOnline.com.

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