Gokulam Kerala ends AFC Women’s Club Championship campaign with win over Bunyodkor

AFC Women’s Club Championship

Gokulam Kerala FC defeated FC Bunyodkor 3-1 to finish third in the AFC Women’s Club Championship 2021 at the Aqaba Development Corporate Stadium, Jordan on Saturday.

Gokulam took a 1-0 lead through Elshaddai Acheampong going into the break before goals from Manisha and Karen Stefanny Paez on either side of Umida Zoirova’s effort for Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor, netted a comfortable win for the Indian side.

Both teams were out of title contention, with Bunyodkor’s opening day defeat to Islamic Republic of Iran’s Shahrdari Sirjan proving costly in the final equation while Gokulam Kerala had yet to register a point. Bunyodkor were the first to have a look on goal in the seventh minute, with Dildora Nozimova sending a clever ball to Nozimakhon Ergasheva, who wasted the opportunity by firing straight at Gokulam custodian Shreya.

The Uzbekistan side looked more threatening moving forward and came agonizingly close to taking the lead in the 18th minute when Nozimova forced a save from Shreya, who also stopped Ergasheva’s follow-up from point-blank range.

Despite Gokulam playing well in patches, Bunyodkor continued to toil in front of goal with Aziza Norboeva hitting a tame effort in the 22nd minute and Ilvina Ablyakimova seeing her header ruled offside five minutes later.

The misses proved costly as Gokulam then caught Bunyodkor napping in the 34th minute when Manisha sent a wonderful cross to Soumya Guguloth, whose header was guided into the back of the net by Acheampong. Bunyodkor tried their best to find the equalizer to stay in the game but Shreya made sure Gokulam took a 1-0 lead going into the break.

Gokulam raced off the blocks in the second half and continued to pressure Bunyodkor, who were limited to counter-attacks. Disaster struck Bunyodkor when captain Luiza Sadirova received a red card for pushing Acheampong inside the six-yard box, with Manisha scoring the resulting penalty in the 62nd minute.

Bunyodkor responded immediately after the restart when Nozimova sent a wonderful through ball to Umida Zoirova, who beat the Gokulam defense before slotting home to reduce the deficit.

Gokulam, however, restored their two-goal advantage in the 68th minute when substitute Karen Stefanny Paez scored from close range after Acheampong’s shot was denied by the bar.

For Trial related updates: Latest trials updates in Mumbai Football

Also Read: BBFS set to conduct trials for Residential Academy

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on Mumbai & Indian Football

Mumbai Customs to conduct trials for Elite League

Former champions Mumbai Customs will be holding open trials for the upcoming MFA Elite Corporate League (Elite Division) The 2019 MFA Elite Division champions Mumbai Customs are conducting open trials…


Sunday Boys to hold trials for MFA 1st Division

MFA 1st division side Sunday Boys FC will be conducting trials in the first week of November for the upcoming football season Sunday Boys Football Club was established in the…


Millat FC to hold trials for MFA Elite Premier League

Millat FC – a club plying their trade in MFA Elite Division will be conducting open trials for their upcoming 2022-23 season Last season Millat had a decent run in…


MFA Elite Division club KSA to conduct trials for the upcoming season

Karnataka Sporting Association (KSA) – a club plying their trade in MFA Elite Division will be conducting open trials for their upcoming 2022-23 season Last season KSA had an amazing…


Young Guns Football Acadmey to conduct trials for their upcoming MFA 3rd Division Campaign

MFA 3rd Division club Young Guns Football Academy will be conducting open trials on October 9th for their upcoming season in Mumbai Football Young Guns Football Academy was founded in…


OSCAR SSE to conduct trials for Youth I League and YPL team in the U13 category in Mumbai

Mumbai-based OSCAR SSE will conduct trials for their Youth I League and YPL team on 16th and 17th July 2022 at Wings Sports Centre ground. Oscar SSE is a 2-star…


ROQS to host trials for MFA Super Division

ROQS is revamping their squad for the upcoming season of the MFA Super Division. The team is organising trials for the men’s football team on Monday, 11th of July, 2022….


MSP Academy is holding trials for the upcoming MFA Youth League

MFA Super Division club Mumbai Soccer Prodigies will be conducting trials for their MFA Youth League campaign on 22nd May 2022 in Bandra, Mumbai. Founded in 2006, the Mumbai Soccer…


Football School of India to conduct Youth Trials

Mumbai-based Football School of India is going to conduct youth trials for its boys and girls squads. The trials will be conducted for players in the age group of under-13…


Bengaluru FC Elite Youth Football Trials

Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club that competes in the Indian Super League (ISL) and are past champions of the I-League and ISL. The club has launched its Soccer…