Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies and success seem synonymous these days, and they will be hoping that they can stay on track for more glory in their CAF Women’s Champions League semi-final, at 7pm in the Ivory Coast on Wednesday, 15 November 2023.
Sundowns Ladies will face current champions Morocco’s AS Far at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Korhogo’s for a shot at the final, and Banyana Ba Style are no strangers to a continental cup final glory having sealed the title in the inaugural tournament, in 2021.
The two teams also met in last year’s final but Sundowns Ladies were thrashed 4-0 by the Rabat-based that day, and the South Africans will want redemption as they look to get one over their opponents tonight.
Sundowns Ladies topped their group having won all their games, and did not concede a goal in their group matches.
Their goals came from a few players over the last few matches, with Lebogang Ramalepe and Refilwe Tholakele scoring against JKT Queens. It was Melinda Kgadiete who secured a 1-0 win over Sporting Casablanca. A brace from Tholakele saw them get a comfortable win over Athletico d’Abijan 3-0 on Sunday.
Tholakele’s brace means she has now scored three goals at the tournament, while Ramalepe and Kgadiete scoring one goal each.
Looking at Sundowns Ladies opponents, AS Far – much like their South African counterparts, have enjoyed considerable success.
The Moroccan team are 10 times league winners, as well as 10 time Moroccan Women Throne Cups champions. Both of these trophy hauls are record breaking.
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AS Far overcame their initial nerves having succumbed to a shock loss to debutants Ampem Darkoa Ladies FC, in their first group match, but followed that defeat up with back-to-back wins over Huracanes FC and AS Mande.
Speaking to sundownsfc.co.za after their win over Athletico d’Abijan, Coach Tshabalala said his team’s mentality is one that will get his team over the line.
“Look, we are ready for any team at this stage because to be the best in Africa, you have to beat anyone that stands in your way. That is our mindset and mentality at this stage.”Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Head Coach Jerry Tshabalala
“We have no preference for the next stage and we are going to prepare for the next match with all seriousness,” said Tshabalala. ‘We learned a lot in this group; we played against three teams that had different styles and philosophies, and the experience gained will help us in the next stage.”
Tonight’s match will be played at the Korhogo’s Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium and will kickoff at 7pm.
Ampem Darkoa take on Sporting Casablanca at 10pm in the other semi-final.
Photo caption: Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies and success are synonymous with each other and ahead of their CAF Women’s Champions League semi-final, they will be hoping that can stay on track for more glory. Photo: Sundowns Ladies on X