Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies head coach Jerry Tshabalala believes the Caf inaugural Cosafa Women’s Champions League gives his side an opportunity to prove their worth and showcase their skills in the African continent.
The draw for the Caf Women’s Champions League qualifiers for Southern Africa zone of Cosafa took place on Thursday, 29 July at Cosafa House.
Sundowns have been placed in Group A alongside Lesotho Defence Force, Double Action Ladies from Botswana, and Manzini Wanderers from eSwatini.
The Cosafa region of the competition will serve as a qualifier for the first-ever Caf Women’s Champions League that is scheduled to take place later this year.
“Great draw. [It’s] an exciting group that we find ourselves in. We’re drawn with teams from our neighbouring countries [which are] Lesotho, Botswana, and Swaziland. I am very happy about that,” said Tshabalala.
The draw saw the seven teams being split into two groups with Sundowns Ladies drawn in a group that consists of four teams. The top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals.
Tshabalala also stated the pros and cons that his side will be faced with going into this tournament.
“The advantage is that it will give us enough time [to prepare], we will be able to catch up with the momentum of the team and it will give us a fair opportunity to see how the other teams are playing.”
“But being in a group of four teams, the disadvantage will be less rest for the team because you play more games, possibly with only one day to rest then you must go through to the semis.”, added the Sundowns Ladies mentor.
The Brazilians are currently in good form in the Hollywoodbets Super League as they are yet to taste defeat – top of the log with 22 points from eight matches.
“What we just need to do is to go out there and win our group. By winning our group it gives us a fair chance to be able to put one foot into Cairo.
“I believe the girls are looking forward to this one. We have been given a chance to go out there to showcase our talent as Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies and to see if we can’t emulate our men’s team to bring the star back home,” concluded Tshabalala.
The qualifiers will be played from August 26 to September 4.
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