Nigeria Women Premier League champions Delta Queens aren't slowing down the momentum following an unbeaten 2022/23 campaign in the league, picking off from where they left as they ran riot against USFA in the CAF Women's Champions League WAFU B qualifiers yesterday.
Tosan Blankson side had taken the deserved lead five minutes into the game through Alaba Olabiyi but they were reduced to 10 men after Vera Samuel got a marching out order in the opening exchanges of the Group A match but still dominated the contest to earn a crucial victory in the opening match of the tournament in Benin City, Nigeriasoccernet.com reports.
With the Nigerian coach forced into a tactical reshuffle due to the red card, the home side displayed great determination against their Burkinabe opponents and it didn't take long before the NWFL defending champions doubled their advantage on the hour mark as midfielder Chinaza Agoh pounced on a defensive mistake to make it 2-0.
The win leaves Delta Queens in a strong position to qualify for the knock-out stages on the competition in their three-team Group A.
The tournament continues on Tuesday when Amis du Monde face Athletico of Cte d'Ivoire while Burkinabe side USFA take on Sam Nelly of Benin.
Meanwhile, Ghanaian champions Ampem Darkoa Ladies who also began their CAF Women's Champions League WAFU Zone B qualifying campaign with earned an emphatic 4-2 win over Togolese club Amid Du Monde at the tournament in Nigeria on Sunday.
The win provides a major boost to Ampem ahead of their final and next Group B match against Ivorian club Atletico FC in their three-team group.
By Olaleye Oluwadamilola