Friday, July 27, 2012

News from The African Women's Soccer World

Good Prospects For Ivorian Women's Soccer
 The president of the Ivorian Women's Football Committee,Bertha Adou in the company of her vice president Francois Kouassi  on Thursday,visited a site located between the cities of Bassam and Bonoua (40 kms from Abidjan), the site has been allocated for the construction of  the  Training Center For Sustainable Agriculture and Sport",a project that occupies an area of ​​20 ha and implemented by the Spanish NGO "Deporte, cultura y desarrollo ".

Upon its completion,the building will feature a swimming pool, two football pitches including one with a running track, basketball, handball and volleyball courts, dormitory building, a training room, offices, two changing rooms with showers and toilets. It will be a medium-term shelter for  women football teams and in the long run, serve as a training center for the reintegration of footballers who will learn a trade.

The future in deed looks promising for Ivorian women's football with a successful kick off of the women's football league and the qualification of the women's national football team for CAF Africa Women's Championship for the first time in the history the nation.

Women Division One league kicks off in August

The Kenya national women Division one league will kick off this August with 12 ladies teams taking part in its debut season. The league will be divided into two Zones, Eastern and Western Zone and will see the winner from each zone gain Promotion to the Women Premier League next year.

The division one league has attracted teams countrywide, with Western Zone having, Suba Lakers, Victoria Ladies, Kisumu Leeds from Nyanza, Kakamega Muslim ,Eldoret, Kick to Life, Oserian Girls, While Eastern Zone will be represented by, Gaspo Ladies from Thika, Home girls from Muranga, Kathiani Ladies, Furaha girls from Mombasa, and Moving the Goal Posts from Kilifi. Elite Ladies will be Nairobi’s sole representatives.

FKF’s Doris Petra who is in charge of the league says the federation has decided to start the league in order to give more women’s team a competitive chance.

“We have noticed that women football has been on the rise and following the sterling performance by our National women teams, we need to tap and develop this talents,” she said.

FKF has envisaged a programme to empower women teams by training Women Coaches, referees, and team managers so that they can take charge of their own game.

Absa Women's League National Championships Draw 2012
The draw for the Absa Women’s League National Championships took place at the Nasrec headquarters of the South African Football Association this morning.
The Absa Women’s League National Championships are scheduled to take place in Kimberly, Northern Cape with the Galeshewe Stadium hosting the opening and closing matches, while the AR Abass Stadium will be used for the group stages clashes.
The tournament kicks off on Friday, 3 August 2012 with the final scheduled for Women’s Day, Thursday, 9 August 2012.

This Under 19 tournament is now in its fourth year, having started in Tshwane in 2009. The other editions took place in Mafikeng and Richardsbay.
The tournament is a feeder to the Under 17, Under 20 and Banyana Banyana national teams.
All 52 regions of the South African Football Association hosted matches throughout the course of the season and the best players from each province were selected to participate in the National Championships.

Some of the Banyana Banyana players who passed through this tournament are Amanda Sister and Zamandosi Cele, as well as Robyn Moodaly, who are expected to feature for the Senior Women’s National Team at the Olympics against Sweden tonight.

Moodaly has also represented South Africa at the FIFA World Cup Under 17 tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.

All nine competing provinces were all placed in a pot and a random draw was conducted to determine the schedule of fixtures for this edition of the tournament.

The current champions of the Absa Women’s League National Championships are the Eastern Cape having won the tournament in 2011. Gauteng won the previous two editions in 2009 and 2010.

“We are looking forward to the Absa Women’s League National Championships in August and we are confident that Kimberly will prove a wonderful host city and that our young female footballers will strive to give of their best as they aim to represent their provinces with distinction,” said Steward Masela, Absa Sponsorship Manager.

Nigeria Beats Ghana in International Friendly
Ghana and Nigeria wrapped up the two-leg international friendly match series on Thursday with the visitors winning the final game 2-1.

After losing the first game 3-2 to Ghana on Tuesday, the Falconets came from a goal down at the Accra Sports Stadium to claim victory against the Black Princesses to hand each side with a win apiece.

Both sides used the games to prepare towards their participation at the up-coming FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan next month.

Elizabeth Addo put Ghana in front after two minutes as the Black Princesses dominated their rivals.

But five minutes after the interval, Nigeria drew level when Desire Oparanozie headed past Black Princesses goalkeeper Margaret Otoo.

The visitors with eight minutes remaining scored the winner through Winifred Eyebhoria.


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