Monday, August 6, 2012

African Women's Soccer News

Ghana's women u20 coach sets quarter final target at FIFA  women's U20 World Cup
Ghana, two years ago in Germany, made their debut appearance at the finals of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup but exited in the group stage.

This time round in Japan, coach Robert Sackey has set his sights on putting his mark on the tournament which has paired the Black Princesses against two-time champions, the United States, China PR and reigning champions Germany in Group D.

“Realistically speaking our first ambition is to get to the quarter-finals. If we manage that then of course we’ll be aiming for the trophy,” an optimistic Sackey said.

FIFA U-20 Women World Cup - Supporters Club Appeals for Early Visas Issuance
President General of Nigeria Football and other Sports Supporters Club, Rafiu Ladipo has made a passionate appeal to the Japanese embassy not to delay the issuance of visas to members of his club that are preparing to go to Japan and support Nigeria's female U-20 team known as "Falconets" in this year's FIFA women U-20 World Cup to be hosted by the country from August 19- September, 8, 2012.

Ladipo said, members of the club had in the past two weeks been appealing to the Japanese Embassy for visasand the need to issue them on time to enable the team travel to the Asian nation on August 14 and be part of the opening ceremony.

He noted that the appeal became necessary so as to avoid a repeat of the club's experience when they were issued visas late during 2002 Korea /Japan World Cup that made them miss some of the matches involving the Super Eagles.

Super Falcon's Coach Confident of Lifting AWC Trophy

Coach of Super Falcons Kadiri Ikhana has hailed the level of discipline existing among his players as they intense preparation ahead of the forthcoming African Women Championship slated for Equatorial Guinea, saying the trophy will not elude Nigeria.
The former Nigerian international maintained that the culture of discipline among the players has made his job easy, adding that, his "girls have learnt fast and with much zeal".

According to Ikhana: "If there is anything that I have appreciated so far since my taking over of the Super Falcons job, it is the discipline among the players which has made my job very easy.

"The girls are very eager to learn and they learn very fast, because all of them want to prove a point and make good name for the country and for themselves. And they know the only way to achieve that is through hard work, hence the success we have recorded so far in our preparations."


Group A last four decided while Group B remains open in the AWL National Championships 2012

Group A’s Gauteng and the North West have both qualified for the semi-final of the 2012 Absa Women’s League National Championships currently underway at the AR Abass Stadium in Kimberly, Northern Cape.

Group B is a three-horse race with one match left.

Gauteng took pole position when they won one match and drew the other on Day 3, Sunday, 05 August 2012.

In the first match of the day, they beat hosts Northern Cape by three goals to one (3-1), before returning in the afternoon to be held to a two-all (2-2) draw by North West.

Leticia Mahlasela, Agnes Manzini and Mavhungu Manyanya grabbed the goals for Gauteng with Meliza Kruger getting the consolation goal for the home side. Kruger has now scored in all the three matches her side has played.

Prudence Setuasi and Manyanya were on the score sheet for Gauteng in the second match, while Tshenolo Dikome hit a brace to secure a draw for her side.

The Western Cape also experienced mixed results on Sunday, winning one and losing the other. In the first match they defeated North West by two goals to nil (2-0) – goals by Seleko Nthabeleng and Tokailwe Tsalaemang - then went on to lose by four goals to two (4-2) against Mpumalanga in the afternoon. This was Mpumalanga first win in three outings.

A brace from Lerato Mahamotsa and two more goals from Mbalenhle Nhlanhla and Nonhlanhla Mhlambi was enough to secure victory for Mpumalanga – with Sandisiwe Mngqumeva and Kun Hiss scoring for the Western Cape.

Gauteng and North West are on seven points each – but the Gauteng side has one match in hand, just like the Western Cape, Northern Cape and Mpumalanga, who have all been eliminated as they are sitting on three points each, and can only get to six.

Group B is a very closely-contested affair with Free State and KwaZulu Natal joint on four points each in first and second place respectively. They both feature in the top-of-the table clash on Tuesday, 7 August, and one could be danger of not qualifying with Limpopo breathing down their necks in third place.

Limpopo, which has two points, faces the Eastern Cape which hasn’t won a match.

Free State occupied top position following a five one (5-1) win over Eastern Cape courtesy of four goals from captain Shiwe Nogwanya, with the other coming from Dimakatso Mangaliso. Eastern Cape’s consolation goal was scored by substitute Phelokazi Godo. KwaZulu Natal could only manage a point from their one-all (1-1) draw against Limpopo – Sthembile Shange and Katlego Matlou the goals scorers.


Mulunga Best Player as JS Academy wins Super League
The JS Academy on Saturday won the Women Super League and saw their defender Lovisa Mulunga voted Player of the Season on Sunday afternoon.

The Jacqueline Shipanga Academy need just a point to win the league coming into the final round of matches and empathically dispatched off 21 BDC United 5-1 on Saturday at the Eldorado Field to clinch the title with 49 points.

Poly Babes also won their Saturday fixture against UNAM Bokkies 8-1 to move into second place ahead of Okahandja Beauties on 43 points.

But on Sunday, Beauties hammered UNAM 9-0 win retain second place with a superior goal-difference off Babes who went onto lose 1-0 to champions Academy at the NFA Technical Centre.

The Academy walked away with a floating Trophy, N$ 20 000 and 25 gold medals, while Beauties got silver and N$ 12 000 for second place. Poly Babes got Bronze medals as well as N$ 6000, while 21 BDC United finished fourth and received N$ 3500, UNAM fifth (N$ 2 500) and Challengers last (N$ 2000).

The Academy defender Lovisa Mulunga and captain of the national under-17 was voted Best Player of the Season, with teammate Emma Naris (16 years old ) voted Best Young Player of the Season and Poly Babes’ Lorraine Jossob walked away with the Most Improved Player Award.

Okahandja Beauties’ Emerencia Fredericks finished top of the Goal scorers chart with 40 goals, with teammate Juliana Skrywer in second place with 29 goals and the Academy’s Zenata Coleman in third with 21 goals.

Bertus Bock of the Academy won the Coach of the Season award which came with a tracksuit and a FIFA coaching DVD, while Helena Iipinge of the 21 DBC United won the Manager of the Season Award.

The Academy also won the Fair Play Award. Namibian Sun Sport writer Hector Homer Mawonga won the Sports Reporter of the Season award that came with a tracksuit, trophy and N$ 500.

Each winner of the Individual players’ awards received a trophy, tracksuit, cell phone as well as N$ 500 cash. The 2013 Women Super league Season is scheduled to start in April 2013 with an addition of two more clubs, the Windhoek Prisons XI and possibly the Namibia Schools Sport Union (NSSU) team.


The Federation for International Football Associations (FIFA) on Thursday donated football attires and training equipments to the Namibia Football Association (NFA) Women Super League clubs.

The NFA Women Desk Coordinator Jackey Gertze praised FIFA for their continuous support for the girls’ game in Namibia.

“FIFA have always been there for us. They have always supported our programme, but this one is big, very big, because all clubs in the league will receive playing gears and training equipments such as cones and all. We are very grateful to FIFA and looking forward to the gesture”, Gertze said.

FIFA has been very instrumental in creating a pathway for Women football development in Namibia starting from Coaching, Refereeing, Player development, Establishment of national age based structures for NFA women football amongst others.

With the introduction of NFA Women Super League in 2011, The NFA Women desk Manager (Jacqueline Shipanga has approach FIFA to help the Association to kick off this league in order to have a platform where the top players can play in order to boost the performance of the national teams. All NFA Women National Teams are participating in FIFA and CAF qualifiers (U/17, U/20 and Senior team).

FIFA has therefore decided to help the well established structures of the NFA Women Desk by giving the NFA N$ 100,000 to administer the WSL and will provide training equipment and attire to all members of the League.

With this handover taking place few days before the season's final round of matches this weekend things are looking pretty good for women football in Namibia.

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