Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies are through to their third CAF Women’s Champions League final after they beat AS Far at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Korhogo, Ivory Coast, on Wednesday, 15 November 2023.
The two teams are no strangers to taking on one another, having met in three previous occasions, including last year’s final in a losing affair for Sundowns, but this year saw the Pretoria-based side secure a narrow 1-0 win over their Moroccan counterparts.
The match turned out to be a rather physical one, with three yellow cards being handed out, but the star of the show – especially in the first half – was none other than Sundowns Ladies keeper and gsport Awards winner, Andile Dlamini.
The Banyana Banayana star made sure she kept her team in the game with her superb shot stopping.
AS Far had the opportunity to take the lead around the 35th minute with a free kick but Dlamini came to the rescue, ensuring her team didn’t concede in the first half.
When the match resumed, Banyana Ba Style had a chance to break the deadlock but it didn’t materialise. However, it wasn’t much longer until they managed to score the all-important goal.
Boitumelo Rabale made no mistake, as she put her team in the lead in 73rd third minute, with that solitary goal, sent them to yet another continental cup final.
There was a late onslaught from AS Far but Jerry Tshabalala’s team stood firm to take the victory.
In the second semifinal, Moroccans Sporting Casablanca beat Ghana’s Ampem Darkoa. The two teams were locked at 2-2 in regulation time, which saw the game go to extra time, and then on to penalties, where it was Sporting Casablanca who came out on top with a 3-2 scoreline to seal their win.
Sundowns Ladies will take on Sporting Casablanca in Sunday’s night final at the Stade Amadon Gon Coulibaly, in Korhogo, where the South African side will look to win their second CAF Women’s Champions League title.
Photo caption: Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies are through to their third CAF Women’s Champions League final after they beat AS Far on Wednesday, 15 November 2023. Photo: CAF Women on X