Sundowns Ladies submit request for Tshwane derby league tie postponement

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Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies have filed in a formal request to SAFA to grant them a postponement of their next Hollywoodbets Super League fixture against TUT Ladies FC schedule for 18 September 2021.

And this is because Sundowns, who just qualified for this inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League tournament set to take place in Egypt after beating Black Rhinos Queens of Zimbabwe 3-0 in the final, will be without five of their key players who are out on national duty.

COSAFA CAF Women’s Champions League top goal-scorer Melinda Kgadiete, Bambanani Mbane, Lelona Daweti, Karabo Makhurubeshi and Oratile Mokoena; have all been roped into the Banyana Banyana 25-woman squad that is to compete in the Aisha Buhari Cup in Lagos, Nigeria. That tournament will run from 12 – 21 September.

Sundowns Ladies coach Jerry Tshabalala said they have already forwarded the request to the Association and they’re now waiting to hear their response.

“We will be without five of our key players for this upcoming Tshwane derby fixture, hence we have put in this request with the Association in seeing how they can best assist regarding this challenge at hand,” Tshabalala said. “The matter is being attended to by our team manager (Dipuo Maboe) and we are really looking forward to hearing from the association.”

Meanwhile, Tshabalala stated that he has given his players a full week’s rest following their fine showing in the COSAFA CAF Women’s Champions League Qualifiers, adding that they had outdone themselves in the tournament.

Sundowns scored a total of 22 goals from 5 matches, making them the only undefeated side in Southern region club football tournament in its inaugural year.

“My girls, together with the technical and supporting staff, worked really hard in that tournament,” Tshabalala said. “They only had a day’s rest before we moved on to competing in the next fixture. And that is why I decided to give them a week’s rest. They will be back on Monday to resume training.”

By Mohau Ramashidja