South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns boasts the best record of the competition with the title of African champion in 2021 and a place in the finals in the 2022 edition last season which they lost to AS Far.
Against the JKT Queens, Jerry Tshabalala’s protégés are launching their third continental campaign with strength and determination.
In order to realize their ambitions, Masandawana will have to pass the JKT Queens obstacle.
Coming straight from Tanzania, the Dar Es Salam team wants to destabilize the continental hierarchy and intends to impose itself in style in this season’s edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League.
In a very competitive Tanzanian championship with clubs such as the Simba Queens, JKT was able to hold its own at the national level and win the CECAFA title.
A breakthrough in the landscape of African women’s football that no longer surprises anyone, as coach Esther Fredy Chaburuma’s protégés prepare to cause an upset in Cote d’Ivoire.
Azishi kondo, assistant coach of JKT Queens
“We are ready. Since our victory at the CECAFA tournament, we knew that we were going to play a difficult tournament. We have had good preparation and we have the ambition to bring the trophy home. We are not afraid of Mamelodi Sundowns, we even think that they are the ones who are afraid of us. All we are interested in are the three points on offer”.
Jerry Tshabalala, coach of the Mamelodi Sundowns
“It is true that we won the first edition, however, there are new teams. In the first round, we will face three rookies. We will be careful and approach this tournament as a brand new competition. The style of play of the JKT is rather similar to the style of Vihiga Queens that we faced in 2021. We followed their path in the playoffs and we know what they are capable of.”
In their two participations in the competitions, Mamelodi Sundowns faced a team from the CECAFA area twice. The Pretoria club has a record of two narrow victories.
● Mamelodi Sundowns (AFS) 1 – 0 Vihiga Queens (KEN) in 2021
● Mamelodi Sundowns (AFS) 1 – 0 Simba SC (TAN) in 2022