By: Baboucarr Fallaboweh
Ruggy Joof and Determine Girls are 2022 CAF Women’s champions league WAFU Zone-AH champions.
The ambitious side beat Union Sportive de Parcelles Assainies (USPA) of Senegal 1-0 to qualify for Morocco’s 2022-23 CAF Women’s Champions League.
They became the first female team from Liberia to qualify for the CAF Women’s Champions League.
Guinea international Bountou Sylla scored the only goal in the 27th minute at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium as her side proved their mettle.
Determined FC drew with Mali champions AS Mandé 1-1 before beating USPA on Sunday.
It is the first time since 2002 that Liberia has qualified for AFCON at the senior level for men and women.
Ruggy Joof, a full Gambian international, was pleased with his achievement at the club side as she hopes to do her best.
“It’s my happiest day; I left the Gambia for such games and recognition. It’s just a wow feeling.” She emphasized.
Ruggy Joof will be the second Gambian after Fatou Dukureh to feature in the Women’s showpiece.
“We took it as final following our draw against AS Mandé. People in town didn’t believe we could finish the job. We had the hope that AS Mande didn’t stop us; we didn’t see that (USPA)would stop us. We scored in the first half and defended the second half. We are happy to win the trophy.”
Determined Girls FC has been my dream. They scouted me in the Gambia v Sierra Leone game, where I assisted and scored one goal. I have no regret in joining Determined Girls. They are competing everywhere; I have followed the team. Since our arrival with other signings, she told Alkamba Times Sports about changes.
The TotalEnergies Women’s Champions League finals will be held in Morocco in November/December 2022.