Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Women's Soccer Africa- News

Tanzania's Twiga Stars

The  national women soccer team of Tanzania, the Twiga Stars, have been given a walk over for the biennial All Africa Games to be held in Maputo later in September,2011 after their next opponent Sudan opted to pull out of the qualifier.
Tanzania Football Federation’s secretary general Angetile Osiah confirmed the qualification of the Tanzanian team having notified by the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
Twiga Stars were supposed to play the first leg qualifier game against Sudan on April 30th with  the return leg a fortnight later in Dar es Salaam.
Twiga Stars made history last year, after making their maiden qualification for the African finals staged in South Africa. Eight team are set to compete in the All Africa games in Mozambique.
Sudan had qualified to play Tanzania after Kenya pulled out of the competition sighting the wranglings between the Kenya Football Federation and Football Kenya Limited as the reason behind the pull out.

Super Falcon Practice 

Super Falcons coach Uche Eucharia wants “dedication” from her players when they square up against Equatorial Guinea in a two-legged 2012 Olympic qualifier.
The two nations were pitted against each other after the Confederation of African football (CAF) conducted the draws on Monday.


Inspite of crashing out of the London 2012 Olympics qualifiers at the hands of the Nigerian Super Falcons on a 9-0 aggregate, the Brave Gladiators still have quite a busy schedule ahead.

The Gladiators were also supposed to be taking part in the All Africa Games (AAG) qualifiers, but earlier this year, Namibia Football Association (NFA) secretary general, Barry Rukoro announced that he was pulling the team out of the qualifiers due to a lack of funds.

Namibia's Zenatha Coleman
Despite the fact that they do not have any more competitive matches coming their way, the Gladiators have a trip to Germany and two friendly matches lined up already for later in the year.

“We are now focusing on regrouping again because we have been invited to a two week training camp in Germany during the FIFA Women’s World Cup and we are going to use the opportunity as a platform to expose the younger players,” Shipanga said.

“In fact the trip was an added incentive for the girls performing the way they did against Nigeria because we selected the 20 girls who will go to Germany based on that match,” added Coach of the Gladiators, Jacqui Shipanga

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