Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies are once again the team to beat in the Safa National Women’s League (SNWL) and coach Jerry Tshabalala is comfortable wearing that tag since they are the unbeaten defending champions.
In the inaugural SNWL season, Sundowns Ladies strolled to victory with a perfect record of 21 wins from 21 matches and begin their title defence with an impressive 4-0 thrashing of Golden Ladies at home last Saturday.
Tshabalala is particularly aware that maintaining and replicating the unbeaten streak to clinch the league this season won’t be a walk in the park as most teams are eager to put a stop to Sundowns’ dominance with the league expanding its division from 12 to 14 teams.
“Competition is going to be tough, most of the teams remember are gunning for our blood, so it is not going to be easy for us,” said Tshabalala.
The Brazilains will also compete in the inaugural Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Women’s Champions League. The competition will serve as a qualifier for the first-ever Caf Women’s Champions League which is scheduled to be staged later in the year.
“So, it is not going to be easy for us. We are ready for anyone that is coming, and we are looking forward to giving it a shot at the Cosafa Women’s Champions League,” added Tshabalala.
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Meanwhile, Sundowns Ladies midfielder Bongiwe Thusi is adamant that they won’t crack under pressure as they look to retain their title.
“I won’t say there is pressure for us, what I can say is that our goal is to win all our games again, but we don’t want to put ourselves under pressure,” she said.
“This season, games will be tougher than last campaign as teams are coming stronger.”
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