Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa defeated Hasaacas Ladies of Ghana 2-0 to win the first-ever Women’s African Champions League title in Cairo.
The first few minutes were evenly balanced, with both teams having periods of possession but neither side being able to create clear-cut chances due to some bad passing.
Sundowns came within a whisker of scoring in the seventh minute as Lerato Kgasago’s free-kick from outside the area just missed the target.
The breakthrough came in the 32nd minute when Sundowns’ forward three worked effectively together to sneak in behind Hasaacas’ defence.
Melinda Kgadiete’s first-time pass over the top found Andisiwe Mgcoyi on the right side, in behind the defenders, and her cross was glanced in by Chuene Morifi at the far post.
In the second half, the South Africans took control of the game and were rewarded in the 65th minute when Mgcoyi scored after receiving a pass from Nonhlanhla Mthandi and raced into the area ahead of Hasaacas captain Janet Egyir.
Hasaacas’ greatest chance came in the 76th minute when Perpetual Agyekum’s ferocious effort was superbly stopped and pushed over the bar by Andile Dlamini from just outside the area and straight in front of goal.
The Ghanaians were low on numbers in defense as they pushed for a goal, but Sundowns were unable to capitalize and add to their total.
Sundowns held on for the historic win despite having to play the last few minutes with just ten women when Regina Magolola was sent off for a second yellow card just moments after coming in as a substitution.