Brave Brazilians reach second-successive CAF final after spirited win over Simba Queens

Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies registered a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Tanzania’s Simba Queens in Rabat to reach the final of the CAF Women’s Champions League for the second year in a row.

A second-half strike from Boitumelo Rabale was enough to hand Banyana Ba Style a narrow win in a fixture that will easily go down as one of the toughest battles contested by Coach Jerry’s troops in recent times.

Andile Dlamini retained her place in goal while Zanele Nhlapho, Karabo Makhurubetshi, Bambanani Mbane, and Chuene Morifi anchored the defense line. Lerato Kgasago, Oratile Mokwena, and Boitumelo Rabale started in midfield while Lelona Daweti was flanked by Melinda Kgadiete and Nonhlanhla Mthandi in the attack.

Coach Jerry had labelled the fixture a ‘final before the final’ and both teams lived up to the pre-match hype in a highly contested goalless first half which featured high-octane tackles and fast combination plays.

Kappa was forced to make a tactical switch before the end of the first half with Thalea Smidt replacing Oratile Mokwena. 

The Brazilians began the second half in the worst possible way with Karabo Makhurubetshi suffering a serious shoulder injury that required her to be stretchered off. Andile Dlamini was also called into action with a near-post save as the CECAFA champions pushed for the game’s opening goal.

Banyana Ba Style then conjured up a moment of magic in the 75th minute as Melinda Kgadiete linked up with Boitumelo Rabale who delivered a stunning strike to break the Tanzanian resistance.

Despite a valiant fight from Charles Lukula’s charges, the defending champions delivered a brave defensive performance in the dying minutes to reach their second successive CAF Women’s Champions League final.

Boitumelo Rabale who was named ‘Woman of the Match’, her second award of the tournament, praised the resilience of her teammates.

“We are very excited about the victory because our opponents were difficult to break down across the pitch. It is always a pleasure to play a part in the team’s success and scoring the winning goal means so much to me. This victory was a result of our hard work and absolute determination to retain the continental title we won last year. I am very happy to have won the ‘Woman of the Match’ again and to help my team to reach the final of this prestigious competition” Rabale stated.

On the quality of the opposition, Rabale stated that “This is one of the toughest games we have played in the CAF Champions League tournament. Both teams were gunning for the final and we had to dig deep to maintain our incredible record at the competition. There is no time to relax because we have a final to prepare for.”

With this narrow win, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies have now extended their unbeaten run at the continent’s premier women’s tournament to 9 games (W7 D2). The Brazilians have also scored 12 goals in Morocco, the highest number of goals scored by a club in a single tournament.

In the other semi-final match played on Wednesday, Ibtissam Jraïdi scored the only goal of the game as hosts AS FAR edged out Nigeria Bayelsa Queen’s by a lone goal to also secure their place in Sunday’s final.

Congratulations to our Formidable Ladies for reaching the CAF Women’s Champions League Final!!!

4 Responses
  1. Muzi Kunene

    Thank you ladies for the job well done and I was very happy to see Simone Conley former Highlands Park physical trainer on our bench,that lady knows her story our ladies are super fit pls keep her don’t release her after the tournament and I was praying the men’s team to recruit her,lastly our coach Tshabalala pls tell Morifi to try to score not always passes the ball,We are fully behind you on Sunday pls bring it home.

  2. Nephat Ncube

    Congratulations !!!!!!! I am so happy my wish was granted to silence Simba coach’ who had said he was going to the final,…the only final he’s going to is the bronze final. Not so great performance overall, not our usual self in the first half, but champions need only one moment to punish and we did. What I like about the goal is the build-up to it…that was a beauty to watch. As for the finish …Wow !!!! what a goal from Rabale, that was the kind of staff Hlompho used to give us. ASFAR’s number 9 wished for a match with Sundowns when they won their last group match against Determine Girls. Well her wish has been granted. Moral of the story – be careful what you wish for. ASFAR’s side is beatable, actually had Bayelsa brought scoring boots yesterday they could have won that match. Their defence is suspect, we need to punish them. We just need to send a strong message to the rest of Africa that WE ARE MAMELODI SUNDOWNS. I like coach Jerry’s humility as well gracious in victory. WE are ALL behind you on Sunday. LETS BRING IT HOME

  3. Ronnie Bothma

    I agree with both of you guys… Glad for the ladies… We are so proud.. I didn’t play our best game in the semis… But I trust the team.

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