Two-time CAF Women’s Champions League winners Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies did not only enjoy a clean sweep at this year’s event but they also leave Ivory Coast with $400,000 [R 7 337 268,00] prize money.
Sundowns defeated tournament rookies Sporting Casablanca 3-0 in Korhogo on Sunday night to earn their second star in three years, having not conceded a single goal the entire tournament.
That resulted in goalkeeper Andile Dlamini winning the Goalkeeper of the Tournament. Jerry Tshabalala’s side scored 10 goals in Ivory Coast, five of them from the foot of Golden Boot winner Refilwe Tholakele, while Boitumelo Rabale was named Player of the Tournament.
On top of Sundowns’ gold medals, the club also received the Fair Play award after picking up the least bookings at the tournament.
Meanwhile, runners-up Casablanca, who received a beating from the Hollywoodbets champions twice in two weeks – losing in the group stages and the final, walked away with $250,000 (R4.6 million).
Last year’s champions ASFAR Club, who lost to Sundowns in the semi-final, and newcomers Ampem Darkoa each got $200,000 (R3.7 million) for reach the last four.
Finally, the sides that finished third and fourth in their groups received $150,000 (R2.7 million) and $100,000 (R1.8 million), respectively.
In as much as this is a welcomed development in women’s football, the prize money is less than what the men win for their competition, which is $4 million (R73 million).