Hasaacas Ladies tipped to beat AS Mande

BY: Emmanuel Oduro& Richmond Agouty
Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies eyeing another win

Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies are eyeing another win when they play their second Group A game at the CAF Women's Champions League against Mali's AS Mande on Monday.


Having won their opening game 3-1 last Friday when the tournament kicked off, the Ghana’s doubles champions and West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Zone B champions hope to record a second victory to book their semi-final ticket ahead of the final group game.
Last Friday, they overcame their anxiety and put up a three-star performance to win 3-1 over Malabo Kings of Equatorial Guinea and Central Africa Champions.


A brace from Evelyn Badu, who also won the player of the match, and a goal from Perpetual Agyekum gave the Ghana champions an important winning start which they hope to build upon to achieve their mission to conquer Africa in Cairo.
Today's game is an all West African affair comparable to any Ghana versus Mali clash.


Ghanaian sides have over the years dominated the Malians so far as wome’sn football is concerned and that is likely to be the case today.
However, having lost 1-3 to Egypt 's Wadi Delga in their opening game, the Malians would want to revive their hopes with a win.
Coach Yusif Basigi is too familiar with the Malians’ style of play - a robust defence, tight midfield often preferring to attack from the wings with their speedster.


If they deploy the same tactics, Coach Basigi would find an antidote to nullify any threat they will pose.
Coach Basigi, though highly optimistic of his team’s chances today, is equally wary of the threat the Malians pose.
"Our game plan of getting an early goal worked in the opening game. It will be the same plan as that will help ease any pressure from the Malians, but they will also come out playing it very tough with the hope to surprise us and we will be cautious on how we open up," he said of their game plan.


However, goalkeeper Grace Banwa will have to be extra cautious with her timing and poor judgement of set pieces as it happened against Malabo Kings who got their consolation from a similar effort.
For quality and experience, Hasaacas Ladies are ahead and should they repeat their opening performance, they should be able to secure their second three points and advance to the semi-finals.


Coach Basigi is likely to stick to his winning team.
In the second Group A game, Wadi Delga will also aim for a second win after their 3-1 victory in their first game.
Malabo Kings, on the other hand, will hope to recover from their stuttering start.


Group B takes a rest today after the surprising results in the opening games last Saturday.
Morocco's ASFAR Rabat stunned Nigeria's River Angels 3-0, while Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa earned a slim 1-0 win over Kenya's Vihiga Queens.