Wednesday, June 22, 2011

News From The African Women's Soccer World

SASOL league Updates
At the Sasol League National Championships Defending champions Palace Super Falcons recorded their third win within 24 hours to remain favourites for the 2011 Sasol League National Championship title, but Eastern Cape side Coastal United will emerge as the heroines of the second day’s action played in Mangaung, Bloemfontein yesterday.

Following their 1-0 win over hosts Bloemfontein Celtics on the opening day of the tournament, Palace Super Falcons proved that they will take some beating as they maintained their 100 percent winning streak in beating North West representatives Hallelujah Zebra Force 2-0 in the morning. They returned for afternoon action, thrashing Brazilians Ladies FC 3-0.

“It’s been mentally and physically challenging to play three games within 24 hours but I am proud of my players who really came to the party in showing just why they are the defending championships of the Sasol League National Title,” said Palace Super Falcons coach Jabu Mabaso.

While Palace Super Falcons have captured much of the attention, Coastal United can thank experienced goalkeeper Yolula Tsawe for keeping them in the game, as they came within 30 seconds of causing the biggest upset in the three-year history of the tournament.

Tuesday’s results:
Group A:

Royal Wizard Ladies 0 Brazilians Ladies 8
Hallelujah Zebra Force 0 Palace Super Falcons 2
Brazilians FC 0 Palace Super Falcons 3
Hallelujah Zebra Force 2 Bloemfontein Celtics 6
Group B:
Coastal United 1 Detroit Ladies 1
Durban Ladies 0 Cape Town Roses 2

Palace Makes It to Semis of SASOL League
PALACE Super Falcons qualified for the semifinals of the Sasol League national championships in Bloemfontein yesterday, thanks to a 3-0 success over Brazilians.

The goals were scored by Zandile Mxasa, captain Hlengiwe Ngwane and Tina Selepe, who was named Sasol Diski Queen when they beat Halellujah Zebra Force 2-0 earlier in the day.
The victory over Brazilians was Falcons' third in two days after they pipped hosts Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in the tournament opener on Monday.

Brazilians started their day with an 8-0 thumping of Royal Wizard.
Celtic added to Zebra Force's woes when they hammered them 6-2.
In Group B, Cape Town Roses started their campaign on a positive note when they saw off Durban Ladies 2-0.


Nigerians In Germany Have High Hopes For Super Falcons At World Cup

Few days to the sixth FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, some Nigerians in Berlin said they were confident the Super Falcons will qualify for the second round of the competition.

Nigeria are drawn in Group A of the tournament and will play against France, Canada and Germany.
The group is considered as the toughest with Germany having the double advantage of being the defending champions and hosts.
Peter Agwi, an architect, told the News Agency of Nigeria that he was confident that the Falcons would take the second position in the group.

Agwi, an ex-President of Nigerians in Dispora Organisation, Germany Chapter, said he was hopeful that the team would also make it to the semifinals.
“I’m sure they will get to the semifinals, if not the final. Putting them in that group will encourage them to perform better because of German team.

“I think it will help them because Germany is a very tough team and if you are going to fight a tough person you have to be prepared. Maybe that will make them to qualify along with Germany,’’ he said.
Also speaking, Akin Adejumo, who is a nurse, predicted that the Falcons would come second in the group behind Germany.

“I’m expecting our team to come either first or second in the group. But, if they can pass the initial grouping stage, then they have a good chance of getting to one of the three top positions,” Adejumo said.

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