By Sizakele Nkosi
An exciting finale for the fans as tournament favorites will clash between Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies and Cape Town Roses
The two teams will battle out to be crowned Sasol League National Championship at DP de Villiers stadium. Both teams have won the championship once and would like to engrave their names again on the trophy, with Sundowns winning it 2013 and Roses in 2014.
In the semi-finals, Downs beats Durban Ladies 7-0 and Roses beat 2-0 Kanatla to book their place in the finals.
The Sundowns team showed their dominance during the championship when the score line ended 25-1 to the Northern Cape team Galeshewe Ladies.
Downs’ team is boosted by a number of Banyana Banyana players, such as Sanah Mollo, Bongiwe Thusi and Andile Dlamini; senior women’s national team players that traveled to the All Africa Games (the bulk of the squad consisted of eight Mamelodi Sundowns player as was the the 2016 Rio Olympic qualifierscwhere Downs had seven players in the Banyana squad that went to Bata to play against Equatorial Guinea).
Downs will magnify their supremacy with the towering and tournament top goal scorer with 10 goals, Andisiwe Mgcoyi. The striker played at the 2012 Landon Olympics with Banyana Banyana and has played for Union Zamky in Slovakia and Dorogi Diofa in Hungry before returning home.
Although the Capetonians don’t have big name players but they are no minnows in this tournament. The defending champion will want to write history as the only Cape team to win and defend their crown. They featured in the 2012 final as they were beaten 5-2 by as Palace Super Falcons who completed their treble that year (2010, 2011 and 2012).
The 2014 champions Roses, have displayed the same tenacity at the current tournament as the previous year when they clinched the title. Roses have never been short of fire power in front of goals, their previous campaign the Cape side had three of five players listed as tournament top goal scorers; Nandipha Booi and Nocawe Skiti 10 goals each and Sisanda Vukapi 4.
The goal-setters Booi and Vukapi will play a pivotal role in defending their title.
Mamelodi Sundowns will want to prove that their starting lineup doesn’t just look good on paper but they can do the job on the field of play. With Cape Town Roses, they will want to end the dominance of Gauteng teams at the championship.
The finale at the DP de Villiers stadium on Sunday, 13 December at 13h00, live broadcast on SABC 1.
As of now, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies have been crowned 2015 SASOL League Champions with a 5-0 win over Cape Town Roses