Banyana Banyana stars Rhoda Mulaudzi, Bambanani Mbane and Lebogang Ramalepe won their maiden major European title as Dinamo-BSUPC beat Minsk 5-4 on penalties to clinch the Belarusian Women’s Cup title on Monday.
Ramalepe and Mulaudzi claim their first winners’ medals, a month after arriving in Belarus to join Dinamo while Mbane has been part of the club since April.
The Belarusian Women’s Cup final ended in a goalless stalemate in regulation time and after extra-time.
Ramalepe in her first stint in European started the final for Dinamo at the back, while Mulaudzi was introduced in extra-time. Mbane was not in the matchday squad.
Banyana striker Mulaudzi stepped up to the plate and scored in the penalty shoot-out to help Dinamo walk away as champions with a 5-4 win despite Ramalepe missing her spot-kick.
In an interview with SAFA.net before the final, Mulaudzi stated that she was starting to adapt to life in Belarus after she scored in Dinamo’s 9-0 demolition of ABBF in Belarusian Women’s League last Saturday.
“Everything is coming together now after spending long periods not playing competitive football due to Covid-19 pandemic. But the fitness level is getting to where we want it to be,” said Mulaudzi.
“We are slowly regaining our fitness level. Lebo and I have been working hard and I am happy we are all getting to the professional level we want.
“Life has also been good this side. The team has been taking good care of us and we have been working hard,” added Mulaudzi.
Dinamo are at the summit of the Belarusian Women’s League table and they are yet to taste defeat in their 16 matches with 48 points, 12 ahead of second-placed Minsk.
Their next game is on Wednesday, 9 September against Dnepr-Mogilev.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi