Chuene Morifi continued her remarkable run of goal-scoring form as her goal earned Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies a 1-1 draw in the latest round of the Hollywoodbets Super League, which took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.
Morifi’s strike was her 9th of the season, with her latest, her sixth in the league along with the three scored at the CAF Women’s Champions League COSAFA zonal qualifiers.
After an electric start to the match, which saw both teams come close in the early period of the game, the hosts were awarded a penalty in the 10th minute, which was converted.
After the early setback, the Brazilians intensified their attack and almost equalized through Boitumelo Rabale, but her shot went over the bar. Kholosa Biyana also had a chance but could not find the back of the net and Royal AM went into the break with a one-goal lead.
After the restart, Banyana Ba Style dominated ball possession with Chuene Morifi stepping up yet again to continue her remarkable run of scoring form as the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Karabo Makhurubetshi expressed her disappointment with the result but praised the team’s ability to bounce back late on.
“Securing only one point away from home is not an ideal result. The early goal we conceded made it challenging for us. Nevertheless, it was a strong team effort and we take some solace in that. While we are not entirely satisfied with just one point, it is certainly better than leaving empty-handed. Our immediate focus is on preparing to rectify this in our upcoming match. We are determined to bounce back and aim for a more favorable outcome,” Karabo stated.
Karabo Dhlamini found some positives in the final result, considering the challenging nature of the game.
“We faced one of the most dominant teams in the league and the game was far from easy. I am pleased with the point we earned, especially since we conceded early. We demonstrated our quality towards the end of the match. It is not about how you start but how you finish and today we finished strongly. Naturally, I am not thrilled with a draw, but given the circumstances we found ourselves in, it was a commendable result at the end,” said Dhlamini.
Sundowns Ladies are in second place in the Hollywoodbets Super League with 51 points, featuring 16 wins and three draws after 19 games.
Chuene Morifi’s strike brings her season goal tally to six. Melinda Kgadiete and Boitumelo Rabale are currently leading the Sundowns Ladies’ scoring chart with 12 goals each. Andisiwe Mgcoyi has bagged seven goals, while Lelona Daweti has netted five times.