Royal battle looming for Sundowns against ASFAR LadiesThomas Kwenaite
Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies team coach Jerry Tshabalala was this week satisfied about the inaugural CAF Champions League draw that paired his team against Vihiga Queens of Kenya, Rivers Angels of Nigeria and ASFAR of Morocco in Group B
Group A is headed by Egyptian hosts Wadi Degla, AS Mande of Mali, Hassacas Ladies of Ghana and is completed by Malabo Kings FC of Equatorial Guinea in a tournament that gets underway in Cairo on November 5.
“We are very excited about the draw,” cooed Tshabalala. “It is an exciting group. I am really happy that we’ve Rivers Angels in our group and I am also happy that we’ve got Vihiga Queens from Kenya,” he was quoted by www.cafonline.com.
“Fortunately, now I have managed to see some of their (Vihiga Queens) games that they have been playing during their qualifiers.
“The only closed book to us is Association Sportive Forces Armees Royale de Rabat (ASFAR), we need to go out there and find out how they play, how they apply themselves.”
For his information, ASFAR is also known as the Royal Army Force of Rabat and has dominated Moroccan women football for a number of years.
Although Sundowns have also been a dominant figure in domestic football, they should be aware that ASFAR are eight times Moroccan League champions and have won the Throne Cup seven times in a row.
At least Sundowns is keeping themselves busy in the Hollywood bets Championship, however they should know that the Moroccan Federation has taken a decision to pay each girl registered with the Premier League US$450 every month irrespective of how much they are paid by their own clubs.
In addition, every coach in the Premier League is handsomely paid US$650 by the Federation and the league winners in Morocco takes home US$1-m which makes the Moroccan girls highly competitive.
They have already been given the opportunity to train and prepare for the tournament at the Mohammed VI Sporting complex which is also known as the Centre of Excellence and by the time they tournament gets underway, they would be supremely fit and in top physical condition.