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Sundowns Make Major Announcement

Mamelodi Sundowns have announced that their Ladies team will take part in the prestigious 2024 Women’s Cup in the United States.

The reigning champions of both the CAF Women’s Champions League and the Hollywoodbets Super League, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies will face some of the top women’s football teams from across the globe.

Now entering its third edition, the Women’s Cup has become the pre-eminent women’s soccer invitational tournament, and this year will feature Atletico de Madrid, the Kobe women’s team from Japan, and hosts Kansas City Current alongside the Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Team.

This year’s ‘event’ tournament will take place over two ‘game days’ on August 14 and 17. Atletico de Madrid emerged as champions in the European edition of the Women’s Cup in 2023, while NJ/NY Gotham FC won the Latin American edition played this past February in Cali, Colombia.

The Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies team are the first African club to be invited to the tournament, with this historic opportunity having been facilitated through the club’s consultancy partnership with world renowned agency Roc Nation Sports International.

Welcoming the invitation to the tournament, the Head Coach Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies Team, Jerry Tshabalala, said: “For us to participate in the tournament is incredibly important as it will give us an opportunity to test ourselves against world-class opposition and it will give our players the platform to showcase their talent on a global stage.”

This year’s Women’s Cup ‘event’ tournament will take place at the state-of-the-art CPKC Stadium in Kansas City, which was opened earlier this year as the first privately financed facility exclusively designed for a professional women’s soccer team. The venue can accommodate 11,000 spectators.

Mamelodi Sundowns chairman Tlhopie Motsepe welcomed the announcement. “The Women’s Cup is a special event that showcases the women’s game, while also creating opportunities for the next generation of female athletes. Mamelodi Sundowns is a proudly African Football Club that values the important role that women’s sport plays in inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds.

“We are very pleased to be part of the legacy of this event and look forward to testing our South African style of football against some of the best teams in the world.”

John P Reynal, the President and CEO of the Women’s Cup, said it was certainly an exciting moment to welcome an African club to the participants for 2024.

“Our goal is to further expand and globalise the tournament, tapping into the remarkable growth of women’s soccer on an international scale. The addition of the highly-regarded Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies side is a perfect example of this. We can’t wait to see them take part later this year.”

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