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Sundowns, Rhinos secure semifinal spots in COSAFA CAF Champions League qualifiers

Sundowns, Rhinos secure semifinal spots in COSAFA CAF Champions League qualifiers

South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns and Zimbabwe’s Black Rhinos Queens are the first two teams to secure semifinal spots at the COSAFA Qualifiers of the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League 2021 following victories respectively over Double Action Ladies (Botswana) and TURA Magic from Namibia.

Mamelodi Sundowns beat Double Action Ladies from Botswana in Durban on Saturday to top spot in Group A.

Sundowns cannot be caught at the top of the pool, but the other semifinal spot will go down to the wire on Monday after Lesotho Defence Force and Manzini Wanderers played to a 1-1 draw earlier the same day.

A 3-0 victory of Black Rhinos Queens over Tura Magic of Namibia means Queens have a full haul of six points in Group B and have ensured they will top the pool, while Magic and Green Buffaloes will fight it out for second place when they meet on Tuesday.

Buffaloes, who lost their opener 2-0 to Queens, will need only a draw in that fixture to advance with a better goal-difference.

Queens were superb as they defeated Magic on Sunday, with vastly experienced Zimbabwe international forward Rutendo Makore bagging a brace, the first a superb header from a corner.

Cristabel Katona, who also netted against Buffaloes, also got her name on the scoresheet as Queens gave an emphatic display of their potential in the competition.

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