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Tshepo Ntsoelengoe
Football Writer
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19 Nov 2021
11:09 am

Sundowns coach wants goals as Banyana ba Style seeks to clinch CL final

Tshepo Ntsoelengoe

'I am confident that my team will find their scoring boots in the final,' says coach Tshabalala.

With Mamelodi Sundowns Chairman Tlhopie Motsepe in attendance, Sundowns Ladies are looking to be crowned the inaugural CAF Women's Champions League winners at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo on Friday. Picture: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Today marks a historical day for Mamelodi Sundowns ladies players, a day they will forever cherish, more so should they get to be crowned the inaugural Caf Women’s Championship winners.

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Banyana Ba Style take on Ghana’s Hasacaas ladies in the final of the continental tournament at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo.

But, this will certainly not be an easy game for Downs, but head coach Jerry Tshabalala says they have prepared well for the clash and is counting on his defence, which is yet to concede a goal in the tournament to keep on flourishing.

Meanwhile, Hasacaas have conceded four goals, but they have scored nine and have one clean-sheet so far in the tournament.  

“It is such a privilege that we are playing in the final of this historic competition. We have taken time to analyse the strengths of our opponents and we currently have a holistic idea of their styles and approaches. As you can see, they have certain weaknesses and that has been evident in the number of goals (four) conceded. We are ready to etch our names into the record books,” said the Brazilians mentor.

“Well, this is a very tricky one, but one thing I know is that, defenders win you tournaments, while strikers win you games. Football is a team sport and that is why we treat all units (defence, midfield and attack) of our team with equal attention.”

Sundowns might have been tight at the back, but it’s upfront where there might be concerns. The team has only scored two goals in their last four games at the competition. However, Tshabalala is positive that this is a game where his players will start scoring.

“We know that we are a free-scoring team and I am confident that my team will find their scoring boots in the final. Whenever we are faced with tough oppositions, we always find a way to negate their threats and this final will not be an exception.”