Friday, April 15, 2011

News- From The African Women's Soccer World


Super Falcons team arrived in Windhoek on Thursday evening calm and collected despite some travel hassles that began at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos.
Officials of the South African Airways in Lagos had surprisingly insisted that the team would not fly out as players and officials did not have South African transit visa.
In Johannesburg, the Nigerian girls had to wait several hours at the Oliver Tambo International Airport before connecting a flight to Windhoek on Thursday evening.
"We're not ruffled in any way. Our focus is the match coming up on Saturday against the Namibians", said  Coach Eucharia Uche.


Mercy Myles
The Black Queens' Coach E.K.Edusei, who would be without the suspended goalkeeper Memunatu Sulemana and Ama Saabi has bolstered his Ghana squad with the promotion of three players from the U-20 side.Mercy Mylers, Nana Ama Asantewaa and Linda Addai have joined the Black Queens for the crucial qualifier against Ethiopia. “We know the opposition will be tough but we’ll give off our best and ensure we qualify to the next round” said Edusei.Eight teams remain in the hunt for the continent's two qualifying places for the 2012 London Olympics.
The  Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ghana has indicated today that as part of an effort to rally support for the Queens and ensure their qualification to the next stage, fans can watch tomorrow’s match for free.


Banyana Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza remained confident of his team's chances, despite arriving in Tunisia on Friday without their second choice goalkeeper.The South African women's soccer team face their hosts on Sunday in the second leg of their 2012 London Olympic qualifier.
Second choice keeper Andile Dlamini was forced to remain behind because of passport complications, and the squad was left with only one goalminder in regular number one Thoko Mndaweni.


The chairperson Kenya Football Federation,Rachael Kamweru has voiced her displeasure in  protest against
the discrimination expressed in the electoral code in regards to Kenyan women's soccer. The women's soccer representatives lamented over the biased language in the FIFA approved code which tends to favor the male gender by referring to Article 9a sub section G which states that "one women's representative will be nominated directly by the soccer initiative to represent women soccer in the National Executive Committee", they questioned the issues of nomination which is contrary to the elections held from the sub branches in the previous years.
“We are tired of the belittling of women and reducing them to flower girls or trophies by relegating them to nominations by an adhoc committee for a past tournament. As a result, we demand for elective positions right from the sub branches to the national level,” lamented Kamweru.
The women accused the FIFA approved code of discriminatory arguing that its composition is comprised of biased language in favor of the male gender and leaving out on the women and youths of the country.


The leadership of the Association of Women Football of Liberia (AWOFAL) is appealing to the Chief Patron of Sports, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, to either separately establish a Women’s Annual County Meet event or include women’s soccer teams in the 2010/2011 National County Meet, as a another way of championing gender equity.
A female sports promoter, Prudence Howard, challenged President Sirleaf to use her capacity as a woman president for the promotion of an inaugural Women’s County Meet, which would be a yearly event held in her honor for the empowerment of women and girls of Liberia.
The empowerment of women in Liberia should not be limited to business or education, Howard emphasized, but should include others facets of society such as sports. An event such as a women’s county meet, she said, would generate funds which would then be used for the development and promotion of women’s football.
The representative of the female soccer teams at the local football governing house, Wallace G. Weiah, asserted that the Women’s County Meet is intended to empower women and girls through football, raise fund for the decentralization of women's football and also rejuvenate the female national teams through training and subsequent participation in FIFA/CAF organized regional competitions.

Working mothers (police, teachers, domestic workers) in Zambia were recently given the chance to participate in a tournament held by Zambia Rush in Chililabombwe on the Copperbelt province.
The event attracted women from all walks of life. sports equipment (boots and Jerseys) were made available at the first ever soccer library.
The library has been made possible with the support of Kit AID and Boots for Africa.


The Cameroonian football federation has sent a complaint to FIFA following Equatorial Guinea's refusal in granting visas to a 25 member delegation of the Indomitable Lionesses who have to travel to Malabo,Euquatorial Guinea, for the second leg of the Olympic Qualifiers to be played on sunday. FECAFOOT is questioning the rationale behind Equatorial Guinea's actions and has called on FIFA to step in.A list of all 25 Cameroonians including the letter sent by the Equatorial Guinea consulate has been forwarded to FIFA. The 1st leg match up between the two countries played in Yaounde ended in a goal-less draw.

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