Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies secure semi-final spot in 2023 CAF Women's Champions League
South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies have secured a spot in the semi-finals of the 2023 CAF Women’s Champions League in Cote d’Ivoire with a game in hand.
They achieved this feat by winning their second Group A match against Sporting Club Casablanca with a 1-0 victory at Stade Amadou Gon Coulibaly on Wednesday evening after having recorded a 2-0 victory over JKT Queens in their opening match on Sunday, November 5.
A solitary strike by forward, Melinda Kgadiete who headed home a delightful cross by Lebohang Ramalepe saw the South Africans maintain their favourite tag with a qualification to the next round with a game to spare.
Not all is lost for SC Casablanca who travel to San Pedro for their final match against JKT Queens who are high in confidence following their 2-1 win over hosts, Athletic Abidjan in the earlier fixture.
Mehdi El Quichori - SC Casablanca coach
“The girls are upset. We will go to San Pedro to qualify because these players deserve to continue the playing in this competition. In the second half, we still stood up to Sundowns, which shows that we are a capable side”.
Jerry Tshabalala - Mamelodi Sundowns coach
“For the third match, we will look at reviewing our squad to see which girls are fit and in good shape to help us finish strong.”
Imane Abdelhad - SC Casablanca goalkeeper
“We are going to play our final group match against JKT. This defeat has not affected our morale. On the contrary, we are more motivated than ever.”