Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies returned to the country to complete their domestic season in empathic style, following their unsuccessful trip to Morocco. However, despite their league success, the club is not sitting still and major new signings are expected.
Sundowns defeated Coal City 7-0 away, and showed why they are a force to be reckoned with on the continent.
In the last season, both the Sundowns men and women’s teams won three out of three trophies each. Sundowns Ladies have already retained the league title, but lost the COSAFA title and the CAFWCL. The men had already lost the MTN 8 trophy, but are on course to defend the league title, and are still to compete in the Nedbank Cup.
“I’m not concerned that Sundowns ladies could not repeat last season’s successes. It is what to expect when the level across the board goes up. You look at our local men’s league; the level has gone up. These things are what happens, and football is reactive” explained Downs Chairman Tlhopie Motsepe.
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Sundowns have not been hesitant to react when results have not been going their way on the men’s side, but have kept their faith in coach Jerry Tshabalala on the women’s side. Sundowns have also roped in Simone Connelly to assist Tshabalala with the strength and conditioning training. The men’s team has seen major reshuffling in the coaching department, with Manqoba Mngqithi demoted to Senior coach role and Rulani Mokwena being made sole head coach.
In the ladies’ team, Motsepe felt the team needs to boost the playing squad by going to the market. “Im happy to see that Shawn Bishop, Andisiwe [Mgcoyi] and Rhoda [Mulaudzi] from our academy are helping to develop the young future footballers in the Mamelodi Sundowns under 15’s and 13’s ladies’ teams.”
Motsepe added that Sundowns will also strengthen the ranks in the technical teams, so that the team can continue to produce young players and promote ladies football in the country.