Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
The stage is set for the final of the third edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League taking place in Ivory Coast.
It will be the battle of South Africa against Morocco reigniting Africa’s latest women’s football rivalries at club and national team level when Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies trade tackles with Sporting Club Casablanca at the Stade Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Korhogo on Sunday, November 19, 2023.
The South Africans are the only team in the tournament yet to taste defeat or drop any points as the maiden winners of the tournament have won all four games leading to the final.
Jerry Tshabalala’s side defeated JKT Queens (Tanzania) 2-0, SC Cacablanca (Morocco) 1-0, and host, Athletico FC (Ivory Coast) 3-0 to make it to the semi final as Group A winners.
In the semi final, Boitumelo Rabale’s 73rd minute goal lifted the team to the final and dethroned 2022 champions, AS FAR FC (Morocco) in the process.
The win also ended the club’s winless run against AS FAR FC with an avenue to avenge last year’s final which ended 4-0 in favour of the Moroccans.
Overall, Sundowns have scored seven goals and conceded none after four games leading to thre final on Sunday.
SC Casablanca forced Athletico FC to a 1-1 draw in the first game of the tournament on Novemer 5 as N’Guessan Koffi’s 81st minute goal canceled out Esperence Agbo’s opener for the host.
The finalists crossed path in the group stage as Melinda Kgadiete’s goal was crucial to hand Sundowns a 1-0 win over the second best team in Morocco.
A 4-1 win over JKT Queens ensured a second place finish for SC Cascablanca behind Sundowns setting up a semi final clash with another debutant, Ampem Darkoa (Ghana).
In the semi final, SC Casablanca forced Ampem Darkoa to a 2-2 draw before securing a berth in the final with a 3-2 win on penalties.
As we awaits the final match, it is worthy to note that only two teams have been able to score against Sundowns since the inception of the tournament in 2021 (Bayelsa Queens and AS FAR FC). With this, SC Casablanca will have to look for means of breaking down the South Africans defence.
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