In a thrilling encounter at the University of Benin Sports Complex, Bayelsa Queens’ defender Blessing Illivieda emerged as the standout player, securing a well-deserved Woman of the Match award for her exceptional performance against Nasarawa Amazons.
Illivieda’s brace, scored in the first half of the match, propelled Bayelsa Queens to a decisive 2-0 victory in the Betsy Obaseki Football Tournament, Footballrover reports
The talented defender’s first goal came in the 12th minute through a skillfully executed free-kick that left the Nasarawa Amazons goalkeeper no chance.
Her second goal, a penalty conversion in the 24th minute, resulted from a handball by Nasarawa Amazons defender Ayo Omosuyi in the 18-yard box.
Illivieda’s stellar performance not only secured the win for Bayelsa Queens but also earned her the coveted Woman of the Match title.
To reward her for the remarkable achievement, she was presented with a Gotv decoder, a fitting reward for her match-winning contribution.
With this victory, Bayelsa Queens now sits atop Group B and is set to face Confluence Queens on October 25th, 2023.
A win in their next fixture will guarantee the Prosperity Girls a spot in the quarter-finals.
Bayelsa Queens’ head coach, Domo Okara, expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance but emphasized the need to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
He reiterated his approach to every game as a cup final, despite the pre-season nature of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Nasarawa Amazons’ standing-in coach, Michael Oluwaseyi Olaoye, acknowledged the shortcomings in their match against Bayelsa Queens and affirmed their determination to rectify these errors in their next encounter.
The Betsy Obaseki Football Tournament continues to bring out the competitive spirit of female footballers in Nigeria, with players like Blessing Illivieda demonstrating their ability to make a significant impact on the game.