We are in Egypt to Fight for the Continental Crown – Coach Jerry Tshabalala

After enjoying a season of unparalleled domestic dominance in the Hollywoodbets Super League, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies will be looking to stamp their authority on the continent as the inaugural edition of the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League takes centre stage in Egypt. The maiden edition of the continent’s premier women’s tournament will be held across two venues in Cairo at the 30 June Stadium and Cairo Military Academy Stadium. The tournament is billed to begin this Friday on the 5th of November with the final scheduled for the 19th of November, 2021.

Banyana Ba Style qualified for the continent’s premier inter-club competition by defeating Zimbabwe’s Black Rhinos by 3-0 in the final of the CAF Women’s Champions League – COSAFA qualifiers in September.

Masandawana who will be representing the Southern African region is pitted in Group B alongside Kenyan side Vihiga Queens, AS FAR Club of Morocco and Rivers Angels from Nigeria. Hosts Wadi Degla are up against Mali’s AS Mandé, Ghana’s Hasaacas Ladies and Equatorial Guinean side Malabo Kings in Group A. The top two teams from each group will progress to the semi-final of the competition to fight for a place in the final.

As The Brazilians prepare to go head-to-head against some of the finest women’s teams across the continent, Coach Jerry Tshabalala has urged his troops to understand the essence of their trip to Egypt.

“We have to be united to be able to achieve success in this competition. We are here to fight for one thing which is the ultimate prize. We have a mission to accomplish in Egypt and we are not going to settle for less. The mission here is to win the tournament and to do it in style. We know history is at stake for the winners of this maiden edition of the competition. We are ready to stamp our authority in this competition and we must do all we can to make that dream a reality,” said the highly experienced tactician.

Goalkeeping Coach Koketso Tshabalala believes the team is ready mentally to mount a strong challenge in Egypt. “So far the mood in the camp has been positive and the feeling within the team echoes the same objective which is to win the title. Our mandate is clear and we are working together as a unit to achieve this objective. Thus far, training has gone well in Egypt and we are constantly trying out new methods to improve our overall tactical outlook. We are ready for the task at hand and we cannot wait to get started,” stated an ecstatic Coach Koketso.

Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies currently boasts of a clean bill of health and have no injury worries ahead of their opener against Kenya’s Vihiga this Saturday. The opening game of the competition pits Egyptian champions Wadi Degla against Mali’s AS Mandé on Friday at the 30 June Stadium.

Our Fixtures:

Vihiga Queens vs Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies – 6th of November
Rivers Angels vs Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies – 9th of November
Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies vs AS FAR Club – 12th of November

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