Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Jerry Tshabalala envisages Rivers Angels will be much improved from their opening day defeat and believes both sides will produce “one of the best women’s football games” when they clash in the CAF Women’s Champions League on Tuesday.
The Group B rivals faceoff on the back of contrasting outcomes from their opening games, with Sundowns who beat Vihiga Queens in their opener, guaranteed of progressing to the knockouts with a win.
Rivers Angels, meanwhile, were roundly defeated by ASFAR Club last time out and defeat to the South Africans will consign them to an early exit from the maiden edition of CAF’s premier inter-club tournament for women.
Tshabalala, however, believes Angels’ defeat to ASFAR had more to do with the Nigerians’ off-field troubles that affected their preparation and insisted Tuesday’s encounter will be an entirely different proposition with Angels sure to be much-improved.
Speaking ahead of the game, the South African coach expressed confidence that both sides commitment to free-flowing football could see fans enjoy a spectacle for the ages.
“Look, the Rivers Angels that we saw play the first game we all know the challenges that they faced,” Tshabalala said in his pre-match press conference.
“This is going to be an important game for them. They’re a pacy team especially on the wings they are going to use a lot of pace.
“I don’t see them sitting back, so it’s going to be one of the best women’s football games we have ever seen in the continent.”