Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
2 minute read
8 Nov 2021
11:31 am

Sundowns looking to bring Angels down to earth

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

Banyana Ba Style recorded a 1-0 win over Vihiga Queens over the weekend.

Melinda Kgadiete (centre) celebrates a goal with teammates during the 2021 TotalEnergies CAF Women's Champions League match between Vihiga Queens and Mamelodi Sundowns at Al Salam Stadium, Egypt, Cairo, on Saturday. (Gavin Barker/BackpagePix)

Mamelodi Sundowns winning start in the Caf women’s champions league has given them confidence booster ahead of their second Group B game against Nigerian side Rivers Angels at the El Salam Stadium in Cairo on Tuesday.

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Sundowns ladies recorded a 1-0 win over Vihiga Queens of Kenya in the opening match this past weekend. 

Melinda Kgadiete, who scored the goal to hand Sundowns the victory, thinks they made things tough for themselves by not scoring more goals looking at the number of opportunities created. But she is certain that the win is a good stepping stone to their ultimate objective, which is to lift the maiden women’s continental tournament trophy.

“It was very difficult, you can tell by the score-line. But I believe we made it difficult for ourselves by not scoring our chances, like I for one missed a lot of chances. But I believe in the next game we will convert those chances. I don’t want to make any promises, but I believe in my team, I believe we will bring it home. We have a chance to win it (the tournament),” said the Sundowns and Banyana Banyana striker.

“It is good for women’s football (the continental competition), everything is going well. We are excited because this is the first (continental) tournament and it is a good one for us.”

However, the striker feels good about being on the score-sheet again and thanks her teammates for the support ahead of their clash with Angels.

“It feels good to score goals, as a striker it boosts your confidence. But as much as I score the goals, I have to thank my teammates for that, because if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be able to score those goals. I was nervous at first, but now that I played the first game I feel good and I’m looking forward to the next game.”

While Sundowns will go into this game having won their first match, the Nigerian club lost 3-0 to Asfar Club of Morocco. 

Both Sundowns and Asfar are level on three points, but Asfar top the group standings due to a better goal difference.