Hasaacas Ladies Face Mamelodi Sundowns In CAF Women’s Champions League Final
Hasaacas Ladies and Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies cross swords at Cairo’s 30 June Stadium in a bid for the African championship on Friday.
It is a clash between teams that are fighting for maiden African Women’s Champions League title.
Hasaacas made to the final after beating Moroccan side AS FAR 2-1 in the semi-final played on Monday, while Sundowns Ladies defeated Equatorial Guinean team Malabo Kings 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out following a 0-0 draw at the end of regulation time.
Doris Boaduwaa and Evelyn Badu were on target for the Ghanaian side while Najat Badri scored for the Moroccan side in the last four fixtures at Al Salam Stadium in Egypt.
Three wins and a draw guided Hasaacas to the final- having topped Group A of the tournament- and they will now need a victory to be crowned African Queens.
Hasaacas coach Yussif Basigi says he believes in his players and expects them to do everything possible and win the trophy.
“I have faith in my goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and attackers. You will see more variations of how the team plays,” said Basigi.
Sundowns are the only team in Egypt yet to concede at the continent’s premier women’s tournament, an astonishing run that has spanned almost 390 minutes of football without shipping in any goal.
Their journey started with a 1-0 win over Kenyan champions Vihiga Queens in their opening group game of this tournament and went on to defeat Nigeria’s Rivers Angels by the same margin.
The Brazilians registered a goalless draw against Morocco’s ASFAR to finish as Group B winners with 7 points accumulated.
“It is such a privilege that we are playing the final of this historic competition. We have taken time to analyse the strengths of our opponents and we currently have a holistic idea of their styles and approaches,” stated coach Jerry Tshabalala.
“As you can see, they have certain weaknesses and that has been evident in the number of goals (four) conceded. We are ready to etch our names into the record books.”
Sundowns last conceded a goal in mid-October in a match against First Touch Ladies in the Hollywoodbets Super League.
Their defence has been magnificent but they are facing the Ghanaians who have scored the most goals at the tournament with 10 strikes.
The clash between the two side will be played on Friday at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo. The kick-off time for the massive showdown is 19h00.