Hollywoodbets Super League defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC, reassumed their second-place position in the league after trashing TUT Ladies FC 4-1 on Sunday in a Tshwane derby at TUT Stadium.
Goals by brace scorer Lelona Daweti, Chuene Morifi and Melinda Kgadiete were enough to give the visiting side the needed result to move a place up the log standings, as they continued with their unbeaten run this season.
Sundowns have now gone four league games without a single draw or defeat, but still, trail behind new log leaders First Touch FC who have a better goal difference than them. JVW FC dropped from the number one spot to third position, following their 3-1 defeat against UWC over the weekend.
Sundowns coach, Jerry Tshabalala, said that he was pleased with how his charges performed on the day, adding that they played extremely well in a match where they handed TUT Ladies their first defeat of the season.
And though Sundowns remain unbeaten this season with the status of being defending champions, Tshabalala stated that his side were “dark horses” in this league race.
“We are not yet there,” Tshabalala said. “First Touch are the ones who are currently on top (of the log standings). We want to continue with being where we are and then eventually move up as dark horses. The reason why I say that it’s because it’s easy for other teams to target you while you are up there and try to pull you down. And so the longer you stay away from being number one so early on in the season, the better.”
The Sundowns gaffer added that bringing in new quality players into his squad for the new campaign, helped maintain the level of competitiveness needed to push for maximum points in each and every single match they’ll be competing in this season.
One of those influential players is Banyana Banyana centre-back Bambanani Mbane, who opted to join Mamelodi Sundowns on a two and half year contract, following her stint with Dinamo Minsk in Belarus last season.
“We’ve always had quality players in the team, however, going out there to snatch players like Melinda Kgadiete, Bambanani Mbane and Boitumelo Rabale, brought stability into the team.
“Players always want to secure their futures and with Mbane, we offered her something which made it easier for her to opt to stay (here in South Africa) than want to go elsewhere. I cannot let the cat out of the bag but hers is a two and half year contract,” Tshabalala said.
HOLLYWOODBETS SUPER LEAGUE WEEKEND RESULTS
TUT Ladies 1-4 Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies
Coal City Wizards 5-0 Golden Ladies
UWC 3-1 JVW FC
University of Johannesburg 1-1 Ma-Indies Ladies
Tsunami Queens FC 1-1 Richmond United
Bloemfontein Celtics Ladies 3-1 Thunderbirds Ladies FC
Durban Ladies FC 0-4 First Touch