Thursday, August 16, 2012

African Women's Soccer News

 South Africa

The South African Senior Women’s National team, Banyana Banyana will be looking to utilise their recent London Olympics experience in the forthcoming Eighth Edition of the African Women’s Championships (AWC) in Equatorial Guinea where they will compete against the continent’s best from 28 October - 11 November 2012.

The AWC tournament will be played at the Nkoantoma Stadium in Bata and the Nouveau Stade in Malabo, the venue for some of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations games.

Banyana Banyana has been drawn in group A alongside hosts Equatorial Guinea, Senegal and DR Congo. Group B will consist of reigning champions Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire.

The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana will be looking to pick up from where they left off when they held World Champions Japan to a goalless draw in their last Olympic game.

Banyana Banyana head coach, Joseph Mkhonza said he would like to pick up from where the squad left off in London. Three top countries will represent Africa at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada in 2015.

Six Star Matuu girls humiliate Spedag
Kenyan women premier league leaders Matuu girls on Sunday took their point tally to 43 with a 6-0 thumping of Spedag at Matuu Memorial to move four points clear at the top of the table.

The side from Eastern province has continued their magnificent run picking from where they left in the first leg and winning all their 5 second leg games including convincing wins against Galactico and Western Commandos last weekend.

Coach Philip Ndoo has expressed optimisms his young side can go all the way and win their first title.

“We have two away matches and two home matches and a further two others to follow. Maintaining our normal style of play will deliver us the title. My young players are also playing with confidence, which gives us the much needed edge,” said the coach.

In another match played over the weekend, second placed MOYAS beat Makolandas 5-0 to take their point tally to 39.Fifth placed Kisii United  with 29 points lost 3-2 at home to Old is gold .

Matuu 6-0 Spedag
MOYAS 5-0 Makolandas
Kisii United 2-3 Old is gold

The U-20 Women National Team, Falconets  arrived in Tokyo, the capital of Japan, on Wednesday ahead of this year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup finals.

The Media Officer of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Demola Olajire said after a road trip from their Namhae Sports Park Hotel, the Falconets will fly from the Gimpo International Airport in Seoul aboard All Nippon Airways (Japanese airliner) for the six-hour trip to Tokyo.

He said the delegation is made up of 21 players and 11 officials, and will be led by the Chief Technical Officer of the Nigeria Football Federation, Abdul-Rafiu Yusuf, a former Nigeria international striker.

The popular SPAR/NFA Galz & Goals Leagues are to take a break for the upcoming school holidays before resuming in the next school term.

According to the leagues' national coordinator Jackey Gertze, the main participants in these games are school-going girls, hence the importance for them to enjoy their well deserved break.

"There is a tremendous increase in the number of teams participating in the leagues this year. Windhoek SPAR/NFA G&G alone operates at 33 schools and academy teams. Rundu SPAR/NFA G&G has 14 teams, Gobabis 13, Keetmaanshop 14, Swakopmund 11, Eehnana 16 and Okahandja 15, which brings the total to 116 U-13 and U-15 teams from all over the country from June-October this year."

Gertze added that Unicef Namibia is once again committed to assisting the NFA to expand the programme to Otjiwarongo and Mariental in October later this year.

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