Despite their sloppy 2021 tour in Ijebu Ode, Bayelsa Queens qualified for this year’s Super Six event along with Nasarawa Amazons, Naija Ratels, Delta Queens, hosts Edo Queens and holders Rivers Angels.
Their voyage in the big six-team tournament began with a 2-1 victory over Rivers Angels, followed by a 4-0 beating of Naija Ratels and a 2-1 win over Edo Queens before a 1-0 win over Delta Queens which helped them secure the title.
Gift Monday’s brace in the first half of the encounter seal them two points above close rivals. They have now defended the title for the first time in 2018.
In an interview after their victory, the team’s head coach Moses Aduku said:
“Honestly, I don’t know how to express my feelings because when I look back, just 12 months ago, this same competition almost cost me my job,” Aduku, who won his third domestic title in the last 12 months in Benin City, told CAFOnline.com.
“I found out that overconfidence was one of the things that affected us [in 2021] because of the regular season, but I had to tell the girls that we need to go as the underdog and see what God will do, which paid off.
“Here I am, the 2021-22 season champion. I am grateful to God and everyone who participated with us, I must say thank you to the Bayelsa State Government because they’ve motivated us financially, they supported the team so well.”
Gift Monday who was on loan previously with FC Robo Queens scooped the highest goalscorer and Most Valuable Player of the tournament awards. She said in an interview with CAF:
“I feel really happy and grateful. What was in my mind was to help the team win Super 6, and I was glad to be able to achieve that,” Monday, told CAFOnline.com.
“I didn’t anticipate scoring these numbers of goals, but I am grateful. It means the future is bright for Gift Monday, and I’ll keep working towards it. I want to show good performances every day.”