Friday, June 17, 2011

News From The African Women's Soccer World

Super Falcons Draws 2-2 With Swiss In Final  WC Warm Up Game
Desire Oparanozie

Nigeria's final world cup warm up game against Switzerland ended in a 2-2 draw yesterday with goals coming from Rebecca Kalu (7min)Desire Oparanozie(20 min).Coach Uche,used mostly second string players in this interesting encounter. She expressed her satisfaction for the results chalked so far from the team's warm up matches and stated that there was still more room for improvement.
Nigeria will play their first game against France on the 26th of June.

Masun Donates Trophy for Maryam Babangida U-16 Female Soccer
A sports philanthropist in Niger State, Hon. Danjuma Masun has donated a trophy for the maiden edition of the Maryam Babangida National under 16 female soccer competitions scheduled to hold in Minna, the Niger State Capital in the first week of July.

Presenting the trophy to the National patron of Federation of Youth Soccer Clubs FEYSOC, Mr. Dominic Onuigbo at the secretariat of the football body in Minna, on Wednesday, Masun said the gesture is in memory of the tremendous contribution of late flamboyant first lady who vigorously created awareness among the womenfolk through her pet project the better life for rural women.

He noted that Nigerian youth constitute 75 per cent of the population with female having the largest percentage which invariably need to be engage in promoting unity, equity and commitment as future leaders of the nation.
Masun, who is the chairman of Mataz Nigeria Limited, a sport promotional outfit assured that the competition would be sustained annually.

Central Region Women’s League kicks off on Sunday
The Chairman of the Central Region Women’s Football Association, Mr Dzito Ewudzie has announced that the regional women’s football league will kick off on Sunday, June 26, 2011.
The ten teams expected to participate in the league are made up of Elmina Bafana Ladies, Cape Coast Ghatel Ladies, Kubease Reasonable Ladies, Cape Coast Charton Ladies and Winneba Soccer Intellectuals Ladies.

The others are Twifo Praso Arise Ladies, Bisease Beacon Ladies, Apam Tender Heroes Ladies, Kasoa Blessed Ladies and Yesudo PSK Soccer Queens.
In a gala competition, organized by the Association to precede the league at the weekend, Cape Coast Ghatel Ladies spanked Elmina Bafana Ladies 3-0 to lift the championship Cup.

Football therapy for HIV positive women
Taking a breather after a heavy training session, Elizabeth Maseswa recalls how she was kicked out of her Harare home for revealing her HIV status before finding a new family on the football field.“Five years ago, my own mother disowned me and ordered me out of the house. 
I had no one to turn to before I joined the team,” said 26-year-old Maseswa, the skipper of the table-topping ARV Swallows.“Playing football helps me a lot, it relieves stress and we share our problems as a team.”The ARV (Anti-retroviral drugs) Swallows are one of 16 teams all made up HIV-positive women formed by veteran football administrator Chris Sambo.Other teams include Stigma Eradicated and Virus Ambassadors, whose players have forged a family-like bond which should be the envy of some of the teams who have exited the World Cup in neighbouring South Africa.
In a country which is not only in the eye of the Aids pandemic’s storm but also suffered severe food shortages during a prolonged economic crisis, such solidarity and companionship is vital.“Sometimes I have lacked even basics like salt, but once I tell my teammates they help me out and also get me things I haven’t even mentioned,” said Maseswa. “We share each other’s burdens.”Apart from the camaraderie, players say the football had made them fitter.“I now feel like (former Zimbabwe footballer) Peter Ndlovu,” said Maseswa’s 29-year-old teammate Deliwe Murwira.

Malawi Women's National Team Ready For COSAFA Tourney
The Malawi national women’s football team coach Richard Chipungu has assured of better results during this year’s Cosafa tournament scheduled to take place in Reunion Islands from July 2- 9.
In an exclusive interview with Nyasa Times during their training at Chiwembe Technical Center in Blantyre, Chipungu described his squad as hard working with committed players.

“Since we started our training last Sunday everything is going on smoothly according to our plan. This is the best squad and Malawians should expect good news from Reunion,” said Chipungu.

The DD Sunshine mentor also lamented that he was working on physical fitness from most of his players since it has taken five years without a national squad.
“I have left with the task of working on their physical fitness and coordination,”said Chipungu.
So far the team had two friendly matches with men sides. Last Friday the team walloped FAM Socials 6-4 before losing 5-2 to Happy People of Chilomoni Township on Sunday.

However, looking on Sunday’s encounter there is a tremendous improvement on the girls’ side especially their defensive and attacking machinery.In the absence of their cool-calm leader Chisomo Malunjika, who is nursing a knee injury the girls were marvellous to watch as Thandi Kasiya managed to marshal the back line without problems.Other players, who had a brilliant performance, were Linda Kasenda, Tisadane Bokosi, Bridget Mkuzilire, Thoko Mwase, Tabitha Chawinga, Latifa Malunjika, Sungeni Msiska and Thoko Mwase.

Malawi, which is expected to compete with teams like South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Mauritius, Zambia and Zimbabwe, will leave for Reunion Island on June 30.
Chipungu is being assisted by veteran women’s football star Maggie Chombo-Sidik.
 by Jeromy Kadewere

Palace Super Falcons looks to handle the pressure of being champions at the Sasol League National Championships
National champions Palace Super Falcons can expect to be on the receiving end of a full title challenge onslaught from the winners of the eight other provinces, when they look to defend their Sasol League National Championship trophy in Mangaung, Free State next week.
The 3rd edition of South Africa’s premier women’s football showpiece event kicks off at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium in Bloemfontein on Monday, 20 June 2011 with group action continuing throughout the week, before the semi-finals are decided on Friday, 24 June 2011.The title decider will take place on Sunday, June 26.

“As a team we did really well to outplay Detroit Ladies in last year’s Sasol League National Championship final played in Polokwane in the Limpopo Province, but it is one thing winning the title and another in retaining it. We back ourselves all the way but we know it’s going to be twice as tough as last year as all the other teams will be going at us twice as hard in an effort to break us down,” said Palace Super Falcons’ Banyana Banyana midfield star Mamello Makhabane.

Makhabane apart, Palace Super Falcons coach Jabu Mabaso has a wealth of experience to call on with Banyana Banyana’s tough-tackling defender Janine van Wyk set to anchor the defence, and the speedy Martha ‘Gautrain’ Makoma in the hunt for goals upfront.Mabaso and his players could not have asked for a tougher opening assignment than to face hosts Bloemfontein Celtic in their opening Group A fixture on Monday.

“It’s been a tough season in the Gauteng Sasol League in which we were under heavy pressure from Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, but we managed to come out on top and win the provincial league to earn the right to play at the national championships,” said Mabaso.
“We are ready for Bloemfontein Celtic. We know the crowd will be totally behind the home team but we have the quality to win on Monday, and indeed throughout the week,” added Mabaso.

Mpumalanga-based Detroit Ladies, the winners of the inaugural Sasol League National Championships held in Cape Town two years ago, start their title challenge with an outing on Tuesday (11h00 kickoff) against Coastal United from the Eastern Cape.
Besides Palace Super Falcons and Bloemfontein Celtic, other provincial winners in Group A are Royal Wizard Ladies (Northern Cape), Hallellujah Zebra Force (North West Province) and Brazilian Ladies (Limpopo).

Group B consists of Coastal United, Detroit Ladies, Durban Ladies (KwaZulu Natal) and Cape Town Roses (Western Cape). The first and second-placed teams in the groups after the round-robin phase will contest the semifinals.

Women's National Team Coaches Pleased With Maria Mutola's Work  Rate And The Team
The technical team of Mozambique's women's national team expressed their satisfaction with the performance exhibited by the golden girl , Lourdes Mutola, in her first training session with the team.

According Felizada Malache , Mutola is in great shape and she will add a lot of punch to the team at the Cosafa tournament to be held next month in Reunion Island and also at the African Games in September,which will be hosted by Mozambique.Mutola was the top scorer of her club,Luso Africa, this year with forty goals. Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa have agreed to sign Mutola for the coming season. 
Mutola will form a striking partnership with Jacob and Sarah as the women's team goes into intensive preparation towards the COSAFA Cup and All Africa games.

2011 Galz n Goals League Kicks off

The NFA Galz and Goals 2011 league kicked off in all the different towns recently with more girls taking part in the U13 and U15 leagues.
In the Omaheke region, the launch for the new league took place at the Legare Sports Complex, Gobabis with about 90 girls from various schools taking part.

In one of the U13 matches, defending champions Gobabis Primary School took on Nossoville Primary School in an exciting match in front of the crowd of supporters who turned up to watch.
Last year’s champions lost the match 2-1 with the Nossoville goals coming from Yakamuina Hianavita and Rayha Garises, while Sharon Shadiso scored for Gobabis.

In the other U13 match, Khoanwawes Primary School drew 2-2 against Rakutuka in an evenly contested match.In the U15 matches, Epako Senior Secondary School lost their first match of the season against Gobabis after they conceded an own goal in the first five minutes of the match and eventually lost the match 2-0.Wennie du Plessis beat Nossoville 3-1 with their striker Vepahera Kaseraera scoring a hat trick.

In Okahandja, the league kicked off on June 8 with six U13 and eight U15 teams registering to take part this season.Okahandja Primary School was the new addition to the Galz and Goals league.
League organiser, Salome Iyambo, who is also the chairperson for the Okahandja league said she was very impressed with the way the league was going.
“I am proud of the way the kids are playing and the commitment of the teachers, coaches and our youth who are officiating the games and presenting life skills games,” Iyambo said.

Toyah Howarth from NFA said that they aimed to increase the number of teams in the leagues.
“One of our main aims this year is to increase the number of girls who are playing in the Galz and Goals league,” Howarth said.

“We are also planning to include the healthy lifestyles component. This will be done by the chairpersons of the different leagues running in the towns,” she added.
Currently the league is active in Windhoek, Rundu, Okahandja, Khorixas, Gobabis and Keetmanshoop.
Howarth said that the girls would host a UNICEF Galz and Goals U16 International tournament where Botswana and Lesotho would participate.
“The tournament will take place on October 22, the two teams will arrive in Namibia on the 21st and leave on the 23rd.”
“The Namibian team will be selected after the Phase 2, NFA Galz and Goals School of Excellence Elite Players program where 40 players from across the country will be brought into Soccer House for a week long training camp,” she said.

“During that week, they will also receive some life skills training, the camp will be held in August” Howarth added.A Galz and Goals festival will be held in either Luderitz or Karasburg in October on a yet to be confirmed date. The four-day festival will have healthy lifestyle training, two days of football coaching courses and a football tournament on the last day.

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