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AS FAR stun nine-woman Mamelodi Sundowns to clinch 2022 Caf Women's Champions League title

10:05 PM WAT 13/11/2022
Doha Ahmamou of Asfar challenges Bambanani Nolufefe Mbane of Mamelodi Sundowns, November 2022
Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns succumbed to a 4-0 defeat to AS FAR in Sunday's 2022 Caf Women's Champions League final.
  • Masandawana duo of Mulaudzi and Nhlapo were sent off
  • FAR won the Women's Champions League title for the first time
  • Masandawana will now face Wizzards on Thursday

WHAT HAPPENED? The Moroccan champions applied some early pressure on Masandawana at Stade Prince Moulay Abdallah in Rabat and they were awarded a penalty after Ibtissam Jraidi was fouled in the box. Fatima Tagnaout converted the resultant penalty to hand FAR a 1-0 lead and Sundowns were reduced to 10 players after Rhoda Mulaudzi was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge. Things went from bad to worse for Banyana Ba Style after the restart as they were reduced to nine players when captain Zanele Nhlapo was sent off having received her second yellow card of the game. The hosts then took advantage of their numerical superiority over Sundowns as eventual Woman of the Match Jraidi grabbed a hat-trick to seal FAR's emphatic 4-0 win.

ALL EYES ON: Lelona Daweti, as Sundowns are pinning their hopes of retaining the continental title on the in-form striker. The 23-year-old came into the final as the tournament's top scorer with four goals.

However, Daweti was tamed by the FAR defence throughout the game and she had one shot which missed the target as Masandawana were embarrassed by the North African side.

The former South Africa under-17 international also missed out on the tournament's Golden Boot award with Jraidi scooping the accolade with six goals.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Sundowns lost their continental title to FAR who became the second team to win the competition since it started last year.

Masandawana will now turn their attention to the Hollywoodbets Super League where they are sitting at the top of the standings having already won the title.

WHAT IS NEXT FOR SUNDOWNS? Banyana Ba Style are set to face off with City Coal Wizards in a Super League match on Thursday at Puma Stadium in Witbank, Mpumalanga.