Mamelodi Sundowns will face the Hasaacas women in the African Champions League final
The Mamelodi Sundowns from South Africa will meet the Hasaacas Ladies from Ghana in the first final of the African Women’s Champions League on Friday in Egypt.
Hasaaca’s Ladies were the first team to reach the final when they beat Morocco’s AS FAR 2-1 in the opening semi-finals in Cairo on Monday.
later Mamelodi sunsets to overcome needed penalties Malabo kings from Equatorial Guinea as the second semi-final ended goalless after 120 minutes.
After a 90-minute stalemate, both teams had a chance to win the game in extra time when substitute Thalea Smidt hit the crossbar with a long-range shot for Sundowns.
Then with the final action of the game, Bambanani Mbane made a crucial tackle against Bella Rose, who broke behind the defense and was poised for a one-on-one chance against Sundowns’ Andile Dlamini.
Sundowns then had a chance to win it on their fifth penalty after Cameroonian defender Salome Nke hit the post for the Kings, but Nigerian goalkeeper Ruth Sunday saved Chantelle Esau.
The game was won with a sixth penalty when Bongiwe Thusi scored, but another Cameroonian Florence Fanta shot wide for the Kings to spark the festivities for the South African side.
Evelyn Badu secured the historic entry of the Hasaacas Ladies into the final
Saw earlier on Monday in the first semifinals of the day at Cairo’s Al Salam Stadium Hasaacas takes the lead after 35 minutes when Doris Boaduwaa climbed the highest to go head down and past SO FAR Keeper Khadija Er-Rmichi.
The Moroccans equalized shortly before the break when Najat Badri turned a superb cross from Fatima Tagnaout after a fine work on the right with a beautiful volley home.
Hasaacas was won by the Rwandan referee Salma Mukansanga in the 59.
Mukansanga ruled Evelyn Badu had been fouled by Er-Rmichi after the keeper couldn’t properly control a back pass, but Perpetual Agyekum’s penalty hit the post and she couldn’t react quickly enough to convert the rebound.
Hasaacas finally scored her second goal in the 76th minute as Boaduwaa set up as her long cross headed home from the hunched Evelyn Badu as the 19-year-old scored her fifth goal of the tournament.
“We feel great, a dream will come true for us,” said Hasaacas Ladies c -tain and player after the game.
“When we missed the penalty we thought there was something wrong with us. But then we prevailed and won. We’re looking forward to the last game, whoever they are, we’re ready for them.”
AS FAR are now playing Malabo Kings in the third-place game scheduled for Thursday.
“We weren’t lucky today, but I thank the girls for their commitment and we have learned a lot from this tournament,” said Abdallah Haidamu, AS FAR coach.
“We want to win third place and not go home empty-handed. We will try to prepare the girls to focus on the next game.”