Banyana Ba Style secured their 26th victory of the season on the strength of a pair of goals from Miche Minnies and one from Tiisetso Makhubela.
Sedilame Bosija was given the starting position in goal, while Karabo Makhurubetshi, Bambanani Mbane, Tiisetso Makhubela, and Lehlogonolo Mashigo anchored the defensive line. Chuene Morifi, Thalea Smidt, and Oratile Mokwena began in the midfield, while Boitumelo Rabale, Miche Minnies, and Melinda Kgadiete formed a three-woman offensive trident.
Miche Minnies, who continued to amaze in her first season, scored a magnificent goal after just 11 minutes to break the opposition’s resistance as Kappa’s soldiers controlled the first quarter.
Sundowns Ladies maintained pressure with Kgadiete and Rabale going near on many occasions as the Brazilians entered halftime with a slim 1-0 advantage.
After the restart, Oratile Mokwena and Thalea Smidt were replaced by Regina Mogolola and Lelona Daweti, respectively, as Coach Jerry Tshabalala altered his strategy.
Tiisetso Makhubela scored her first goal of the season in the 57th minute to provide the defending champions with their second goal. Five minutes later, Minnies scored a goal after a furious onslaught.
Boitumelo Rabale, Miche Minnies, and Lehlogonolo Mashigo were then replaced by Lumka Qhekeka, Siphesihle Magazi, and Chantelle Esau as Sundowns Ladies secured yet another excellent win.
Coach Jerry congratulated his team after the game for sticking to the game plan and avoiding surprises.
“We faced a very formidable club that has dominated the league. Our tactics had to be flawless, and our ball dominance demonstrated how well we executed our game plan. Because we played in three separate tournaments over the course of a very lengthy season, we made various tactical adjustments to keep the team fresh. Overall, it was a positive outcome for us, and we are thrilled with how we utilized our opportunities,” remarked Kappa.
With this victory, Sundowns Ladies now have 79 points on the season after winning 26 of 29 games. The Brazilians have scored 122 goals and conceded only 11, the best defensive record in the league. Meanwhile, Coach Jerry’s squad has amassed an astounding +111 goal differential.
Miche Minnies has now scored 22 goals, two fewer than Boitumelo Rabale (24 goals) as the season’s final match approaches. Andisiwe Mgcoyi has scored 12 goals, while Melinda Kgadiete has scored 10 and Rhoda Mulaudzi has scored 8 goals.
Saturday’s matchup between Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies and Richmond Ladies will mark the conclusion of the regular season for both teams.