Mamelodi Sundowns women’s coach Jerry Tshabalala fears his side may suffer complacency as the club focus on the CAF Women’s Champions League qualifiers.
The 2022 Cosafa Caf Women’s Championship qualifiers begin this weekend, where six teams from the southern region of the continent will battle it out for a place in the continental tournament.
The Sundowns Ladies are the current regional and continental champions having won both competitions last year.
The Pretoria-based club have been placed in Group A of the competition, alongside Mozambique’s Costa de Sol Ladies and Botswana’s Double Action.
In Group B, the Green Buffaloes of Zambia will face the Young Buffaloes of Swaziland and Olympique do Moroni of Comoros.
Tshabalala and her team have been on hiatus for a few weeks since the start of the CAF (Wafcon) Women’s Africa Cup of Nations and only returned to action last weekend in the Hollywoodbets Super League, where they won 3-1 against the University of Johannesburg.
Even though Banyana Ba Style won the match, Tshabalala was not convinced his troops were at their best, saying they will have to work hard to prepare for their Group A opener against Costa do Sol Ladies at the stadium. Sugar Ray Xulu on Sunday. .
“The break had an impact on the team. I thought it was going to be helpful, but it showed with the lack of fitness we struggled with in the second half,” Tshabalala said.
“Complacency could creep in, why am I saying this? Because remember we are the defending champions. I don’t want my players to come out and brag thinking it’s going to be easy. It’s not going to be easy we are playing costa do sol in our first game we have no idea how they play we are just going to rely on our strength basically it is going to be a challenge for us but we are ready for the challenge challenge.
The top two teams from each group will meet in the final to determine who will qualify for the CAF Women’s Champions League.