Harare – South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns will represent Southern Africa in the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League after they demolished Zimbabwe’s Black Rhinos Queens 3-0 in the final of the zonal qualifiers in Durban on Saturday.
Seven clubs from seven countries in the Cosafa region took part in the zonal qualifiers which ran from August 26 to September 4 in South Africa.
And it was Mamelodi Sundowns who got the better of the lot to secure the sole ticket to represent Southern Africa in the newly-introduced CAF Women’s Champions League finals in Cairo, Egypt in two months’ time.
The rampant South Africans scored through Lerato Kgasago, Nonhlanhla Mthandi and Boitumelo Rabale, who took full advantage of Rhinos’ poor defensive play.
The final was witnessed by CAF President Patrice Motsepe, as well as FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura and Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Bareman.
The South African club started in the road to glory by overcoming Group A opponents Lesotho Defence Forces, Manzini Wanderers of eSwatini and Botswana’s Double Action.
They then eliminated Zambia’s Green Buffaloes in the semi-finals before the final against Rhinos.
Sundowns scored a whopping 22 goals in just five games and will be hoping to raise the region’s flag high in Egypt.
Rhinos, on the other hand, beat both Group B rivals Tura Magic of Namibia and Green Buffaloes of Zambia before turning on the power to account for Botswana’s Double Action in the semis.
The Zimbabweans, though, have something to smile about after striker Rutendo Makore won the Player of the Tournament award, while goalkeeper Precious Mudyiwa took the Golden Glove accolade.
Sundowns forward Kgadiete took home the Golden Boot after netting five goals.