This Sunday Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies will be in yet another CAF Women’s Champions League final when they take on Morocco’s Sporting Club Casablanca at the Stade Amadou Gon Coulibaly, in Korhogo, Côte d’Ivoire, on 19 November 2023.
The feat is something that has become synonymous with Banyana, Ba Style, since the start of the competition, as they have reached the final for the last three years running, winning it in 2021, in the inaugural season.
Having overcome AS Far in the semis – the team that beat them in last year’s final, Jerry Tshabalala’s side will be confident they can win their second title in three years.
Sundowns Ladies have had a perfect record in this year’s campaign so far, unbeaten in their group matches. Getting wins over JKT Queens, then beat SC Casablanca and ending off with a victory over Athletico d’Abijan. They also didn’t concede a goal.
Given their dominance of African football over the years, it’s no surprise that they will be favourites heading in to the tie.
SC Casablanca, started their run with a draw against Athletico d’Abijan, then a loss to Sundowns Ladies. They won their final group match to JKT Queens. However they were made to work for their win in the semi-finals. They managed to beat tournament debutants Ampem Darkoa.
Coach El Qaïchouri Mehdi’s side came from behind twice, to take the match to extra time, they then went to penalties and won 3-2.
This fight is just what they will need against a strong team like Sundowns Ladies.
However, the stadium where the match will be taking place is something Masandawana have on their side.
With an unbeaten record of four matches at the newly built Stade Amadou Gon Coulibaly stadium in Korhogo, the Pretoria-based side holds a significant edge over SC Casablanca, who has yet to secure a victory at the venue.
Banyana Ba Style coach Tshabalala speaking on sundownsfc.com said the stadium and it’s fans have been good to his team and they will be banking on their support for the final.
“Korhogo has been good to us and the people love Mamelodi Sundowns. They support football, and their cheers gave us the motivation to push in this game. We thank them for their support and I am glad that we are going to be playing the finals in Korhogo. I love the people of this great city, and we are hoping for more of their cheers in the final.”
They will be looking for more of that magic as they look to become first team to win a second trophy in three seasons.
The kickoff time for the match was also changed, so they will now play at 7pm, instead of 10pm as initially stated.
Photo caption: Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies will take to the field in their third consecutive CAF Women’s Champions League final when they take on SC Casablanca at the Stade Amadou Gon Coulibaly, in Korhogo, Ivory Coast, on Sunday 19 November, 2023. Photo: Sundowns Ladies on X