CAF WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Semi-final puzzle completed as two giants are set to collide 

No one could have scripted it better than this!

Perhaps the tag of the ‘Final before the Final’ is well suited on this occasion – this will be when the 2021 CAF Women’s Champions League winners, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, and the 2022 holders, AS FAR Rabat, collide in the first semi-final of the 2023 edition of the competition.

The two giants face off on Wednesday, 15 November at Stade Amadon Gon Coulibaly in Korhogo with a 19h00 (South African time) kick-off.

AS FAR Rabat finished in second place in Group B following a rescue mission to their campaign that started with a loss (1-2 to Ampem Darkoa), but brought back to life with back to back victories (1-0 vs Huracanes and 2-0 vs AS Mande).

The results were enough to secure them a semi-final spot and set up a much-anticipated meeting with the South Africans – their third in the tournament.

The North Africans have an upper hand following a goalless draw in 2021 and a 4-0 win in last year’s final – the only team to take away points from Sundowns Ladies since the inception of the tournament.

It will be interesting to see if the Moroccans will be able to stop Jerry Tshabalala runaway train that has managed three wins in as many matches in 2023 in Cote d’Ivoire, or will the ghost of AS FAR of the past two seasons come back to haunt the South Africans.

In the other semi-final, Ampem Darkoa of Ghana and Morocco’s SC Casablanca will battle it out for a place in the final.

The debutants will face off at Stade Laurent Pokou in San Pedro at 22h00 (South African time).

Ampem Darkoa claimed top spot in Group B after beating Huracanes 3-1 in their final group stages match.

The Ghanaians finished on six points, level with AS FAR, but the former have a better goal difference.

The winners in the semi-finals will meet in the final on Sunday, 19 November.


Wednesday, 15 November

First Semi-final:

Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies v AS FAR Rabat

Stade Amadon Gon Coulibaly


19h00 (SA Time)

Second Semi-final:

Ampem Darkoa vs SC Casablanca

Stade Laurent Pokou

San Pedro

22h00 (SA Time)

Asfar players celebrate the trophy during 2022 CAF Women’s Champions League final match between ASFAR and Mamelodi Sundowns held at Moulay Abdallah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco on 13 November 2022 ©Weam Mostafa/BackpagePix

Sunday, 19 November



Stade Amadon Gon Coulibaly


22h00 (SA Time)

By Matlhomola Morake

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