AFAR Rabat are the new queens of African club football after they thrashed defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns 4-0 to win the CAF Women’s Champions League on Sunday.
Fatima Tagnaout opened the floodgates as early as the 15th minute for the Moroccans giving the home team a much needed head start. Things went from bad to worse for Sundowns when two of their players got sent off. First out was striker Rhoda Mulaudzi in the 36th minute after a lunging tackle which got her a yellow card but was upgraded to a red card after a VAR consultation.
The second red card for Sundowns was flashed at the captain Zanele Nhlapho for a second bookable offence after she had been yellow-carded in the 22nd minute for a foul that resulted in the penalty for Rabat. In the build up to such a heated final Jerry Tshabalala mentioned something interesting
In the Caf Women’s Champions League final on Sunday in Rabat, Mamelodi Sundowns coach Jerry Tshabalala said he could not criticize the fight showed by his players in challenging circumstances as they fell to Moroccan host team AS FAR 4-0.
Downs lacked the poise they had in their earlier games, where they outscored their opponents 11 to 1, won all three of their group stage contests, and defeated Tanzania’s Simba Queens 1-0.
When the Pretoria squad gave away a penalty that Fatima Tagnaout converted in the 16th minute, they were already under duress from the hostile home crowd of FAR at Stade Prince Moulay Abdallah.
Ibtissam Jra’di’s hat trick came after midfielder Rhoda Mulaudzi (34th minute) and captain and center-back Zanele Nhlapo (52nd minute) received red cards (54th, 87th and 91st minutes).
Happy birthday to AS FAR. They merit it because they performed better than we did, said Tshabalala.
Needless to say, The star of the night was Ibtissam Jraïdi who scored a hat-trick to help the Moroccans to their first ever CAF Women’s Champions League title.
Written by Malwandla Hlekane