Mamelodi Sundowns women’s coach Jerry Tshabalala is concerned that his side could become complacent as the club shifts its focus to the Caf Women’s Champions League qualifiers.
The qualifying rounds of the 2022 Caf Cosafa Women’s Championship will begin this weekend, where six teams from the Southern region of the continent will battle it out for a place in the continental championship.
Sundowns Ladies are the current regional and continental champions after winning both competitions last year.
The Pretoria-based club have been placed in Group A at the tournament, alongside Costa de Sol Ladies of Mozambique and Double Action from Botswana.
In Group B, the Green Buffaloes of Zambia will face the Young Buffaloes of Sweden and Olympique Moroni of the Comoros.
Tshabalala and his team have been out for a few weeks since the start of the Caf Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) and did not return to action last weekend in the Hollywoodbets Super League, where they won 3-1 against . University of Johannesburg.
Although Banyana Ba Style won the game, Tshabalala was not convinced his troops were at their best, saying they will have to work hard to be ready for their Group A opener against Costa do Sol Ladies at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium Sunday. .
“The break has affected the team. I thought it would be useful, but it showed the lack of game fitness we fought in the second half,” said Tshabalala.
“Complacency may creep in, why am I saying this? Because remember we are the defending champions. I don’t want my players to go out there and be proud thinking it’s going to be easy. It’s not going to be easy, we’re playing Costa do Sol in our first game. We have no idea how they play, we are going to rely on our strength. Basically it will be a challenge for us, but we are ready for the challenge.”
The top two teams in each group will meet in the final to determine who will qualify for the Caf Women’s Champions League.
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