Ibtissam Jraidi gobsmacked after inspiring ASFAR semi-final triumph

Ibtissam Jraidi could not describe her feelings as ASFAR beat Bayelsa Bayelsa Queens 1-0 to reach their first ever final of the CAF Women’s Champions League on Wednesday night.

The 29-year-old striker scored a 27th minute winner to hand Mohamed Amine Alioua’s ladies victory at Stade Moulay Hassan in Rabat.

Jraidi’s third goal of the tournament helped the Moroccan Army overcome a WAFU-B side for the first time, having lost in the semifinal to WAFU-B giants Hasaacas Ladies in Egypt last year.

A feat, the Morocco international who was the heroine in her side’s triumph lapped up celebrations with his teammates after picking up her second Woman of the Match accolade.

“I honestly cannot describe my feeling, I am so happy to have this prize for the second time,” Jraidi told CAFOnline.com.

“All thanks to the effort of my players, in and out of the pitch, I cannot describe the feeling right now.”

Reflecting on the hard-earned win, she admitted her side fought bravely to ground out a victory and is now shifting focus on spearheading their title quest against Mamelodi Sundowns.

“Well, as you can see, this game was not easy, we fought in the field we didn’t yield in, we continue till the final minute,” she admitted.

“Our goal was to qualify for the finals, which we have achieved. We are happy and motivated to win this title in Morroco.”

Source: Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF)

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