Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies had to dig deep to go past Green Buffaloes Ladies in the Cosafa Women’s Champions League semi-final at King Zwelithini Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
It was a solitary goal from Melinda Gadieta in the 43rd minute that separated the two sides, in a tightly contested affair.
Sundowns were in control of the match and dominated the proceedings, but they were frustrated by a stubborn Buffaloes defence.
Agnes Nkosi’s charges proved why they were the most feared team in the tournament as they orchestrated different attacking options with Andisiwe Mgcoyi, Oratile Mokwena and Chuene Morifi behind most of the attacks.
The Buffaloes Ladies defence marshalled by Lushomo Mweemba and Agnes Musase did their best to protect goalkeeper Aisha Mbwana in goal.
It took a well played passing game from Sundowns, with a great pass from Morifi which found Gadieta unmarked in the box to open the scoring in the 43rd minute.
In the second half it opened a bit with both sides having a go at each other, but both defences were on their toes.
Sundowns could have won the match with two goals after a mix up in the box between Mweemba and Mbwana, but the keeper collected the ball on second attempt.
The game ended with both teams showing signs of tiredness, as they both easily lost possession in crucial parts of the match.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter