CAF Women’s Champions League: Mamelodi and Hasaacas eye glory in tomorrow’s final

 

Ghana’s Hasaacas Ladies face South Africa’s Mamelodi  Sundowns in the final match of the  inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League, in Cairo Egypt on Friday with both sides on the cusp of glory.

Hassacas Ladies head coach Yussif Basigi termed the tie crucial to his side predicting a tougher opponent in Mamelodi.

“Playing the final game means that both teams are fighting for something important, the trophy. We are coming to win the title and there’s no turning back. I have faith in my goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and attackers. You will see more variations of how the team plays”, Basigi said.

Hassacas goalkeeper Grace Banwaa Buoadu expressed the side’s desire in the duel.

“We are going for the win. We prepare very good. We have more attacking chances and will create more tomorrow. I see all of them as players that can score. I only prepare myself to not concede goals”, she remarked.

South African Side Mamelodi Sundowns coach Jerry Tshabalala  was not lost on the magnitude of the task ahead.

“It’s a big game. We wanted to be here, and we did it. We saw their strengths and their weaknesses, so we prepared well for them. If we have to play more than 90 minutes, we are ready for this. We don’t want to do that though. Our players can play another 120 which tells so much about our physiotherapists’’, Jerry said adding “Strikers win you games, but defenders win you tournaments”.

Chuene Precious Morifi backed up her coach’s approach of the game saying they will rely on the information they have collected against their opponents .

“We know how they play, and we saw the goals they conceded. That’s something we have been preparing for them. The coach has been urging me to join the scoring party, I hope I’ll do so tomorrow”, reckoned the midfielder.

Hassacas topped group A with 7 points from three games to clinch the semi final ticket where they eliminated morocco’s ASFAR setting up the duel with Mamelodi Sundowns  who qualified for the final after edging out Equatorial Guinea’s Malabo Kings.

The Council for East and Central Africa football associations, CECAFA, region was represented by Kenya’s Vihiga Queens who finished fourth in Group B to exit the tourney at the group phase.

  

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