Monday, July 16, 2012

News from The African Women's Soccer World

The derby of the second day of Ivorian National Women's Football Championship between Omness Dabou Yopougon and Juventus ended in a goalless draw on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at the Robert  Champroux Marcory stadium.Juventus Yopougon leaders after the first day of women's football national championship, were held by  Omness Dabou after several attempts in front of goal, the league leaders could not break down the stubborn defense of their rivals despite the pressure they meted out to them.

The Coach of  Juventus, Zroho Michella's strategies proved ineffective against the well-oiled tactics implemented by the coach Omness, Eric N'Guessan. Ultimately, the international goalie of Omsess, Thiamalé Angel, was mecurial for her side with some daring saves which in keeping a clean sheet in an entertaining encounter. The Juventus side were disappointed when their star attacker, Estelle Nahi,  was expelled after fifteen minutes of play after an ugly tackle on an opponent.

Results  of the second week matches are as follows

- Juventus 0-0 Omness
- Rise 2-1 Lahou ES Abobo
- Eleven Sisters 6-0 Joan of Arc
- Olympic Djidjé Divo 5-1 San Pedro
- Colombes 1-3 Stella Club

Standings after 2nd week

1 - Eleven Sisters of Gagnoa 6 pts + 13
2 - The Rise of Grand Lahou: 6 + 2 pts
3 - Juventus Yopougon: 4 pts + 13
4 - Omness Dabou: 4 + 6 pts
5 - Stella Club Adjamé: 3 pts + 1
6 - Etoile Sportive Abobo: 3 + 0 pts
7 - 3 pts Djidjé Divo -9
8 - Olympique de San Pedro: 0 pt -5
9 - Doves Ebimpé: 0 pt -9
10 - Joan of Arc: 0 pt -12

By Ives Tiemele

Cameroon Football Federation Lifts Life Ban on Women's U17 Coaches

The coach of the national under 17 women selection Fomum Victorine and her deputy Noukuiko Noundui Felix have seen their life bans reduced to simple blame letters by the Cameroon football federation Fecafoot.

The association had earlier banned the two for life from coaching in Cameroon for what they termed poor behaviours, accusing the two of receiving money from players before selecting them.

The two coaches wrote to the federation and demanded further inquires, which later proved that they were wrongly accused. Talking to, the head coach Victorine Fomum sounded relieved. "Who will not be happy with such a decision ?,' she said, adding I had and will never receive money from any person to select a player because that will mean jeopardising the career and talents of youngsters."

In the meantime, the two were blamed for using their positions to establish passports for some of the players without express permission from the administrative unit of the national football team. However, Victorine said it was a way of increasing the chances of these kids acquiring the document on time since the administrative unit was slow in reaction. She added, in the past we've seen players failing to travel because the state could not obtain their passports on time, so I wanted to prevent that from happening since my team had to travel to Ghana for the world cup qualifiers.' On the allegations that they received more than was needed for the document to be established, she brushed that aside saying,"that is pure speculation."

The two thereby regain their positions as coach and deputy coach of the Cameroon women under 17 selection.


Banyana Banyana Remain  Posistive In Build Up To The Olympics
The South African Senior Women’s National Team (Banyana Banyana) remains in high spirits following the two matches they played on their tour of Germany and England ahead of the 2012 London Olympics stage.

The South Africans, ranked 61 st in the world, won one match and lost the other - going down by three goals to one (3-1) against Olympic hosts, Great Britain. The match was played in Birmingham, England on Sunday, 15 July 2012.

Russia-based midfielder Nompumelelo Nyandeni’s international experience came in handy as she scored South Africa’s only goal.

With the few remaining days before their departure for London, the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana will brush up on the lessons learnt on tour.

“It’s unfortunate that we went down to Great Britain before the start of a major tournament but we remain optimistic that we will play our hearts out when we the Games begin next week. But it was a good exercise in that it has given us an indication of what to expect in London, and we are under no illusions that we will have to fight hard,” said Mkhonza.

“ We should now use the time we have to prepare ourselves mentally as we now know what lies ahead. The defeat hasn’t damped our spirits, and we still believe we will be highly competitive against the top women’s football nations, and make our country proud. The players should now be able to build from their last encounter and focus on doing well in the upcoming tournament.”

The Great Britain Olympic team compromises of players from across the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

In their first match on tour, Banyana Banyana defeated German Women’s League side, Bayer 04 Leverkusen by the same score-line in a practice match played at Sportschule (Hennef) in Germany on Thursday (12 July 2012).

South Africa will compete in Group F as part of Team SA at the Olympics. They will face Sweden (No 4 in the world) in Coventry on 25 July, Canada (No 7 in the world) in Coventry on 27 July and Japan (No 3 in the world) in Cardiff on 31 July.

The other African representative at the Olympics, Cameroon, is in Group E alongside hosts Great Britain, New Zealand and Brazil.

Banyana Banyana are expected back in the country on Tuesday, 17 July 2012 to round up preparations before departing for the Olympics as part of Team SA



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