Queens, Sundowns to contest final of the COSAFA Qualifiers of CAF Women’s CL

Mavis Chirandu of Black Rhinos celebrates goal with teammates during the 2021 Total Energies CAF Womens Champions League COSAFA Qualifier semifinal1 match between Black Rhinos and Double Action Ladies at Goodwill

Black Rhinos Queens of Zimbabwe and South African side Mamelodi Sundowns will contest the final of the 2021 TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League | COSAFA Qualifiers after both won through tough semifinal fixtures on Thursday.

The pair will clash for the trophy on Saturday, hoping to claim bragging rights, but also a ticket to the inaugural TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League that is scheduled to be played in Egypt later this year.

Only the winner of the COSAFA tournament will advance to the continental showpiece, making it high stakes in Saturday’s decider in Durban.

Patience Mujuru of Black Rhinos challenged by Obonetse Oratile Rathari Double Action Ladies during the 2021 Total Energies CAF Womens Champions League COSAFA Qualifier semifinal1 match between Black Rhinos and Do

Queens booked their spot after early goals set them on the way to a 2-0 success over Double Action from Botswana.

Mavis Chirandu had them in front after just four minutes, before the vastly experienced Marjory Nyaumwe added a second 11 minutes later for her second of the competition.

That fast start was a real blow to Double Action, who tried to find a way back into the contest but lacked the quality to break down Queens. The latter have still yet to concede a goal in the competition.

Melinda Kgadiete of Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies celebrates goal with teammates during the 2021 Total Energies CAF Womens Champions League COSAFA Qualifier semifinal1 match between Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies and Green

Sundowns edged Green Buffaloes from Zambia in their semifinal, with Melinda Kgadiete scoring the only goal just before halftime.

Her header took her tally for the competition to five, making her the outright leading scorer at this stage on and course for the Golden Boot.

Sundowns had scored 18 goals in their three pool matches but found none of that potency against the well-organised Buffaloes defence, though in truth the South Africans were also rarely troubled at the back.

Bambanani Mbane of Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies challenged by Lubasi Pumulo of Green Buffaloes during the 2021 Total Energies CAF Womens Champions League COSAFA Qualifier semifinal1 match between Mamelodi Sundowns La

Saturday’s final will kick-off at 14h00 and should be an intriguing affair between what have been the two best teams in the competition.

Both sides have players with international experience who have competed in Europe, and with so much on the line it will be a fascinating battle.

You can follow the final live on www.cosafa.tv and on SABC1.

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

Semifinals

Black Rhinos Queens 2 (Chirandu 4′, Nyaumwe 15′) Double Action 0

Mamelodi Sundowns 1 (Kgadiete 44′) Green Buffaloes 0

SATURDAY’S FIXTURE

Final

Black Rhinos Queens vs Mamelodi Sundowns (KO 14h00; 12h00 GMT)

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