Matuu are Women’s Premier League Champions
After weeks of fascinating women football, Matuu Girls are the National Women Premier League champions despite not kicking a ball in their final match against Kamaliza Eaglets on Saturday afternoon.
Matuu needed to win the match to emerge winners after their fierce rivals MOYAS won their match against Spedag on Saturday morning therefore pilling pressure on Matuu at the summit of the league. Matuu wins the league on 58 points followed closely by MOYAS on 57 points.
In a match supposed to take place at the St Pauls Mbotela grounds off Jogoo road, Kamaliza, the home team failed to honour the match resulting in the walkover and three points for the new champions.
Reached for comment after being awarded the points Matuu head coach George Okallo said his side very much deserved to be crowned the champions going by the level of playing they have exhibited throughout the season.
“It’s quite unfortunate a team fails to honor a crucial match which was the climax of the league. As Matuu we were very much ready for the match ready to win fairly and be declared champions. Nevertheless the match commissioner did the right thing handing us the points.” Said the coach
Okallo said the level of women football as greatly gone up with more teams having the desire to join the top league. His appeal to the federation is to give the ladies more exposure and more build up matches now that the league is on break.
“Nobody has communicated to us about the trophy or any procedures. We don’t know how it is done since this is our first time to win the league. I hope the federation will invest more on our ladies.” He said
Mathare United won the league last year.
By AMOS ABUGA
Mighty Warriors go down to Banyana BanyanaZimbabwe's Mighty Warriors wertr defeated by Banyana Banyana in an international friendly encounter played at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.
Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini scored the only goal of the match to give her side victory over Zimbabwe , she headed home six minutes into the second half from a neatly played cross from the right hand side of the field, from second half substitute Silindile Ngubane, who was made her Banyana Banyana debut.
Banyana goalkeeper Thoko Mndaweni pulled off several impressive saves to deny the Zimbabweans from equalising and was deservedly named 'Diski Queen' (Player of the Match).
Speaking after the match, Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza said he was pleased to grab the win over a strong Zimbabwe outfit.
"The Zimbabweans are always a tough side to play, either at home or away," Mkhonza said.
"But the match gave us an opportunity to try out several combinations ahead of the CAF African Women Championship."
The win over the Zimbabweans, ended Banyana Banyana's run of defeats against their neighbours, having lost in the Cosafa Cup final and the Unity Day celebrations, both played in Harare last year.
Banyana will face the Zimbabweans again on Tuesday, with the matches forming part of the national team's preparations ahead of the eight nation CAF African Women Championship in Equatorial Guinea from October 28.
Banyana have been drawn in Group A and will face hosts Equatorial Guinea in Malabo on October 28.