Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies crowned African champs after Casablanca win

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  • Post published:November 20, 2023

Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies were crowned CAF Women’s Champions League champions following their 3-0 win over Moroccan outfit SC Casablanca at the Stade Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Korhogo on Sunday.

The South African’s won in Cote d’Ivoire thanks to two goals from top scorer Tholakele Refilwe and a goal from Boitumelo Rabale. They won back the title they lost last year.

In addition to winning back the championship they lost to AS FAR the previous season, the South Africans’ remarkable run in Cote d’Ivoire set a record by winning the championship without giving up a single goal.

The historic victory was accomplished at a full Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Korhogo on Sunday night. South Africa defeated SC Casablanca of Morocco 3-0 to win the tournament, with goals from Tholakele Refilwe (who scored the most goals) and Boitumelo Rabale.

After meeting in the group stages of the tournament, where Sundowns prevailed 1-0, this was the second meeting between the two teams.

Focused on winning back the championship, Sundowns didn’t take long to put up a strong showing and were rewarded in the 21st minute when Refilwe scored from a penalty kick.

Rabale scored a clinical finish from the edge of the box minutes later to give the South Africans a two-goal lead before the break. His shot found the bottom corner.

Following the intermission, the Moroccans attempted to reenter the game, but every attempt was thwarted by a staunch Sundowns defence.

With momentum in their favour, the South Africans completed the picture in the 78th minute through Tholakele’s goal, officially putting the game out of the Moroccans’ grasp and securing a second CAF Women’s Champions League title for Sundowns, along with a $400,000 winner’s prize cheque.

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