Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies became the first-ever side to score five goals in a single game at the CAF Women’s Champions League as they registered a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Egypt’s Wadi Degla in their second fixture of Group B.
A brace from Boitumelo Rabale coupled with strikes from red-hot Lelona Daweti, Melinda Kgadiete, and Bambanani Mbane handed Banyana Ba Style a solid 5-0 victory, to keep the hopes of defending their continental title well and truly alive.
Sedilame Bosija was handed a start in goal while Zanele Nhlapho, Bambanani Mbane, Karabo Makhurubetshi, and Chuene Morifi anchored the defense line. Lerato Kgasago, Oratile Mokwena, and Boitumelo Rabale started in midfield while in-form Lelona Daweti was partnered up front with Nonhlanhla Mthandi and Andisiwe Mgcoyi.
The Brazilians enjoyed both territory and possession in the early period with Lelona Daweti grabbing her third goal of the tournament with a near-post finish after some fancy footwork from Morifi.
Melinda Kgadiete who came on as a substitute for the injured Andisiwe Mgcoyi made it 2-0 as the defending champions showed their class in a dominant first half.
After the break, Boitumelo Rabale bagged a wonderful brace that included a brilliant freekick and a well-placed finish. Bambanani Mbane headed home the fifth goal of the game as Banyana Ba Style wrapped up a record-breaking victory.
Thanks to her sterling all-round performance, Boitumelo Rabale was named ‘Woman of the Match’.
“It is a privilege to be handed this award and I do not take it for granted. However, this is a prize for the entire team because we played for each other, and we got the result we wanted. Our ambition at this tournament is to dominate games and show our clinical finishing. Thus far, we are taking things one step at a time and the best is yet to come from this team,” Rabale stated.
Coach Jerry ‘Kappa’ Tshabalala was full of praise for his team who etched their name into the history books with the commanding win.
“Credit must go to the team for how they executed the game plans to the letter. Our ball retention and distribution were incredible today and that made life easy for us. Our combination plays ensured that we found ourselves in the right areas. Tactically we were spot on today and we made things difficult for our opponents. Kudos to our technical team for a job well done with regard to the level of details that are constantly emanating from our analysts,” Kappa stated.
Meanwhile, Bayelsa Queens registered a 2-0 win over TP Mazembe, earning their first win in the competition. The Brazilians are currently top of Group B with 6 points, while Bayelsa Queens and TP Mazembe both have 3 points each.
Up next for Sundowns Ladies is a clash against Congolese debutants TP Mazembe on Sunday, 6th of November.