Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies 0-0 Malabo Kings (5-4 pens): Masandawana sneak into final
Melinda Kgadiete & Fanta Florence, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies vs Malabo Kings
The South Africans will now meet Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies in their bid to be crowned inaugural African women’s club champions

Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies stormed into the Caf Women’s Champions League final following a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Malabo Kings at Al-Salam Stadium on Monday.

Following a 0-0 regulation time draw, the ladies from South Africa needed the lottery of penalties to go through.

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They will now meet Ghanaian champions Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies in Friday’s final.

FAR Rabat who lost to Sundowns will fight for bronze against Malabo Kings on Thursday.

Monday’s 0-0 draw was a second straight match for Sundowns to share the spoils in regulation time after a similar scoreline against FAR Rabat in the last game of their group last Friday.

Sundowns started on a promising note with Rhoda Mulaudzi and Karabo Makhurubetshi a threat but Malabo defenders stood tall to avoid conceding early.

Melinda Kgadiete was to join in and saw her headed effort going just over the bar on eight minutes.

The Central Africans then managed to settle down and launched their first attack in the 16th minute when Mendoua Muriellynda invited an impressive clearance from Bambanani Mbane.

Three minutes later Masandawana goalkeeper Andile Dlamini saved Rose Bella’s shot from outside the box.

By now, Sundowns were losing most battles in midfield but despite that, Nonhlanhla Mthandi managed to take a shot at Malabo’s Nigerian goalkeeper but her effort was punched for a corner kick.

A few minutes later, Mthandi again attempted at goal but had her shot cleared.

Sundowns’ defence was solid to deny Malabo’s attacks before the teams went in for the half-time break goalless.

After the restart, Malabo picked up from where they had left off with Grace Balongo’s free-kick being cleared by Lerato Kgasago five minutes into the second half.

Precious Morifi and Mbane had to combine and came desperately close with Bella shooting from the edge of the box.

In the 54th minute, Cameroonian forward Bella was released by Stephanie Gbogou but was slow in dribbling towards goal to allow a Sundowns defender to dispossess her.

The Brazilians then got close to breaking the deadlock but saw Lelona Daweti’s shot crash against the post on the hour mark.

Three minutes later, Sunday was forced to save Kgadiete’s shot off a Zanele Nhlapo free-kick.

Nhlapo, Mbane and Makhurubetshi were steely at the back to help force the game to extra time after a goaless draw at full time.

Extra time saw both teams struggling to penetrate the other but it was Sundowns who attacked more although without creating any meaningful chances.

In the 115th minute, Morifi’s shot was punched by Sunday but substitute Bongiwe Thusi was late to finish off the rebound.

The scoreline remained 0-0, stretching the contest to penalty shootouts.

Nlapo, Mbane, Kgasago, Mthandi and Thusi were on target for Sundowns while Chantelle Esau missed her kick.

Salome Nke hit the post while Fanta shot wide to doom Malabo.