South African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies will carry the country’s hopes on their shoulders when they battle Ghana’s Hasaacas Ladies in the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League final on Friday, 19 November 2021.
The Brazilians won their semi-final match against Malabo Kings in a penalty shoot-out on Monday after reaching the knockout stage finishing top of Group B on seven points without conceding any goals.
Player of the Match in the semi-final, Andile Dlamini, thanked CAF for providing a platform for women’s teams to compete on the continent, saying to CAF’s media: “I’m grateful to God for creating this opportunity, and to CAF for doing this for women’s football.”
Speaking ahead of the final, Dlamini singled out the club’s outstanding technical team, who will be tasked to keep the players nerves at bay.
“We have a big technical team to keep us calm no matter what happens. I have to be the calmest to guide my team.”
Coach Jerry Tshabalala expressed his delight and plan to collect the prestigious title, saying: “My team has shown that whenever we face a good side, we perform even better. So, I’m very excited for the final game. We are ready to take the title to South Africa.”
Tshabalala lauded the team’s defence for their solid performances throughout the campaign.
“I must applaud my defenders; we are here because of them. To keep this many clean sheets is because of them.”
Sundowns’ opponents, Hasaacas, beat ASFAR 2-1 to reach the final. Their coach, Yussif Basigi, revealed that he will be working on his team’s finishing in front of goal as they were not clinical enough in their semi-final fixture.
“There were tactical variations in the second half. We are going to train the girls on finishing as this is a key element for us.”
The final will take place at 19h00 (SA time), broadcast details to be announced.
Photo 1 Caption: Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies players lift Player of the semi-final, Andile Dlamini, on their shoulders after beating Malabo Kings. The team will face Ghana’s Hasaacas Ladies in the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League final on Friday, 19 November 2021. Photo: Mamelodi Sundowns Women (Instagram)