Thursday, August 25, 2011

News from the African Women's soccer World

Falcons Will Prevail
Globacom has declared support for the Super Falcons ahead of the London 2012 Olympics qualifier with the Lionesses of Cameroon at the Abuja National Stadium on Saturday.
Globacom is a major partner of the Nigeria Football Federation and official sponsor of Nigerian national teams. The company recently launched Glo-branded kits for the national teams.

Globacom believes the Falcons deserve maximum support from Nigerians in their quest to win the Olympic ticket.
“It was unfortunate that the Falcons failed to qualify for the All Africa Games and we believe they need all the support to beat Cameroon comprehensively so that the second leg will be a mere formality. We will mobilise Nigerians to turn out en masse at the Abuja National Stadium to give the Falcons a rousing support,” Globacom said.
The Punch

Falcons urged to score more goals
Super Eagles Coach, Samson Siasia has praised players of Nigeria’s Women’s football team, the Falcons as they intensify preparations for this weekend’s Olympic football qualifier against Cameroun.

Siasia was at the Abuja National Stadium on Tuesday evening to watch the training session of the team and expressed happiness at the standard displayed by the players.
“I am impressed by what I saw this evening but you must score up to five goals (against Cameroun) to be in a comfortable position,” he said.
Siasia was accompanied to the session by his wife.
Chairman of the NFF’s technical committee, Chris Green who also monitored Tuesday evening’s session stressed the need for the Falcons to score lots of goals against the Central Africans.
“You girls know what I want. I want goals. We have to beat Cameroun very well,” he said.
The game is billed to kickoff  at the Abuja National Stadium on Saturday.
“You girls know what I want. I need goals. We have to beat Cameroon very well,” he said.
The Nation

Banyana striker Noko Matlou confident of victory

Sportswoman of the year and Banyana Banyana striker, Noko Matlou, is confident the South African Senior Women’s National team can get a win over Ethiopia in their 2012 London Olympic qualifier on Saturday, 27 August 2011.

The prolific striker is, however, aware that this first leg encounter at Orlando Stadium in Soweto will not be a walk in the park, and they need to score more goals.

“The biggest challenge is that we don’t know them (Ethiopia) too well, but I think they are going to play very similar to their last game when they beat Ghana. We are expecting a tough game no doubt, but we are confident we are going to come out win on Saturday. What we have to do, though, is make sure we score a lot of goals at home because when we play there it will not be easy to score. We have to make sure we win big at home,” says Matlou.

Victory will see Banyana Banyana ninety minutes (90) minutes away from qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics. The South Africans go into this game at the back of a good five nil (5-0) win over Mozambique last weekend in a friendly international.

“This is a hugely important game and if we want to qualify for the Olympics we need to start well on Saturday. It is very encouraging to go into this big clash because we know we can score goals and it gives us confidence. And we are expecting to score more goals again on Saturday,” adds Matlou.

As one of the best players in the team, Matlou was rewarded for her efforts earlier this week when she scooped the Sportswoman of the Year Award at the 2011 South African Sports Awards ceremony at Sun City on Sunday, 21 August 2011.
This, however, is not her first big achievement. In February 2009 Matlou became the first South African player to be named the CAF Female Player of the Year.

Matlou has scored 48 goals from 61 appearances in the national team colours. When asked about her future, she admitted she still harbours dreams to play overseas.

“Right now I am concentrating on my studies, but if the opportunity arises for me to play overseas I will go. My favourite destinations would be Russia and America because I believe that is where they take women’s football seriously and I will grow as a player,” she concluded.


Mighty Warriors Console Veep
Vice President Joice Mujuru has urged the Mighty Warriors to continue with the winning spirit that saw them clinching the Cosafa Cup last month when they take part in the All Africa Games in Mozambique.

The Mighty Warriors had visited to console the Vice President at her Chisipite residence following the death of Retired General Solomon Mujuru.
VP Mujuru thanked the players saying, “May God continue to bless you so that you come out the best. You should always be winning. Thank you very much.”

She added, “I am grateful. You are always making us proud and you know your father, yes he came with me to Rufaro Stadium. Mujuru was a father of girls. He loved his girls even if they were not his, but he was a father - even to me as a wife he sometimes played his fatherly role...”

Zimbabwe Women’s Football Chairperson, Mavis Gumbo, who led the Mighty Warriors delegation, handed over a photo album which contained pictures of the late Retired General Solomon Mujuru at Rufaro Stadium in the Mighty Warriors 1-nil victory over South Africa in the Cosafa Cup final.

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