In their bid to help improve upon conditions
at the facility, the management of the Black Princesses,Ghana women's
national Under-20 team last week made a presentation to help ‘bring the
centre to life’ especially when teams go for training camps there.
presentation valued at GH¢15,000, are is made up of an industrial
mower, a push-cart mower, three table tennis playing sets and other
games such as scrabble, ludo, draught, oware and monopoly.
the mowers are to help keep the playing fields in good condition for
training for particularly, the national teams who camp there, the games
are also to provide sources of recreation for the teams.
Eyison, the vice-chairman of the Princesses management committee said,
though the idea originated from the former chairman, the late Hon
Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, members were encouraged to carry it out in his
“We were also concerned by the fact that the Centre
always had to rely on hired mowers to get the fields in good shape. We
hope this token presentation will resolve that problem.”
Football Association President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, who received the items,
said it was the first of its kind and commended the Princesses’
management committee for their foresight.
He said the gesture
will serve as a challenge to others to also contribute, no matter how
small, to help raise the standards at the centre.
Ghana's football has put an end to the payment of winning bonuses to all national teams in international competitions.Instead qualification bonuses will be paid.
Banyana Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza has called up Durban Ladies
striker Silindile Ngubane and High Performance Centre (Tshwane)
goalkeeper Katlego Moletsane to the national senior women’s team that
will do duty at the 8 th CAF African Women Championship 2012 in
Equatorial Guinea from October 28 to November 11.
Ngubane, who found the back of the net on 11 occasion for Durban
Ladies at the Sasol League National Championships held in Umlazi, near
Durban in July, and goalkeeper Moletsane – back-up for regular No 1
Thoko Mndaweni and young Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies (Sasol League Gauteng)
goalkeeper Andile Dlamini, are a part of the 21 names announced by the
coach at Safa House, Nasrec on Tuesday, 9 October 2012.
The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana have been drawn in Group A and
will face hosts Equatorial Guinea in Malabo on October 28, Senegal in
Malabo on October 31, and will travel to the island city of Bata for
their encounter with DR Congo on November 3.
A good run of form will see the South Africans play in the
semi-finals in either Malabo or Bata on November 7, with the 3 rd/4 th
place playoff and the title decider both scheduled for Malabo on
By November 11, Banyana Banyana could well have two new centurions in
their midst, with inspirational midfielder Nompumelelo Nyandeni going
to Equatorial Guinea on 96 caps and striker Portia Modise on 95 caps
(having scored 72 goals for her country).
Experienced University of Johannesburg Ladies (Sasol League Gauteng)
midfielder Yola Jafta returns to the Banyana Banyana team after missing
the London Olympics due to injury.
“Banyana Banyana finished third at the CAF African Women Championship
held in Ekurhuleni, near Johannesburg two years ago, and the ladies are
determined to finish 2012 on a high note after having represented
Africa at the Olympic Games in London,” said coach Mkhonza.
“Thanks to Safa and our team sponsor Sasol, we have been able to
allow the players to be put through their paces in national training
camps in Johannesburg this month, before we head off to prepare the team
in hot climatic conditions in Yaoundé, Cameroon from October 17 to 25.”
Thereafter, the national team will depart Cameroon for Malabo to
conclude their final preparations for the African women’s football
In congratulating the Banyana Banyana players on their selection,
Safa CEO Robin Petersen said: “The selection of Silindile Ngubane to the
Banyana Banyana team is a sign of the importance of the Sasol League
and the Sasol League National Championships as a feeder of talent to the
national side, and I would like to welcome her, as well as goalkeeper
Katlego Moletsane to the national team.”
“May Banyana Banyana bring further pride to our football-crazy
country as they look improve on their 2 nd place position they achieved
in Equatorial Guinea, 4 years ago by winning the tournament and
bettering their both their CAF and FIFA rankings. Banyana Banyana are
currently ranked 56 th in the world and 4 th in Africa.
Jacqueline Shipanga reckons Namibia should be proud of her women football achievements considering limited resources.
Shipanga who is in Azerbaijan, where she is part of the Technical
Study Group of the 2012 FIFA under-17 Women World Cup, said the Namibia
have done a lot in football advancement despite its limited budgets and
“The NFA’s development programmes come close to none in Africa and
for a small country with limited resources we have achieved a lot, I am
sure that in the next months and years closer to 2014 we will witness a
major shift in terms of financial support towards the women’s game and
NFA”, wrote Shipanga in an email.
She added that government support has always been the cornerstone of this development.
“ Government should really be commended for committing to finance
several major international competitions 2006, Zone 6 games, 2007/2012
Ball games, 2010 Winter Games 2012 CUCSA games and now 2014 AWC
Championship) Namibia will make history for only being
the second country in SADC to host this event after Nigeria, South
Africa, Equatorial Guinea.”
As head of Women Football at the NFA Shipanga called on the Namibia
women players to embrace the opportunity that is on the horizon and make
Namibia and themselves proud when the event takes place in 2014.
“We will not make excuses about our readiness, but I think the
players does not yet realize the amazing opportunity they have ahead of
them in terms of being scouted by the best agents in the world. A lot
of players playing in Europe today have been identified at these
competitions. We currently have three players playing in Germany, yes
it may not be in the top league but the regular training and
competitions they engage in are crucial for the their own experience and
development” noted Shipanga.
She specifically thanked the NFA leadership for their bold decision
on women football, development: “I have yet met a National Football
Association Executive that commits itself to development programmes of
the Women’s game the way that the John Muinjo led executive has done,
Now we should only get football into schools starting at primary
She also touched on the importance of Psychical Education: “ In fact
since I am a sports fanatic I will not only advocate the development of
football but advocate the re-introduction of physical education in
schools both in primary and secondary schools.
“This will be the key to Namibia’s sporting success. We train
teachers at universities and colleges for to become physical education
teachers and yet the most important puzzle is missing our kids are
playing play station, video games, they are obese, lack self confidence,
leads sedentary lifestyles and on top of it all are performing below
par academically too so the excuse that sports take too much time of
school work is now regarded as the biggest excuse there is almost two
people in every household that are obese and this can be reversed. If
only our policy makers can realise this sooner than later” Shipanga
For their final preparation before the African Women's Championship 2012,the Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire and the Teranga Lionesses of Senegal will lock horns in 2 friendly clashes in Abidjan on 12 and 14 October 2012 at the Robert Champroux stadium. Both nations are using this exercise to test their strengths in Abidjan before the start of the African Cup of Nations planned Oct. 28 in Equatorial Guinea.
The Ivorian and their counterpart from Senegal are both making their first appearance at the AWC.
For the continental competition, the Teranga Lionesses are in Group A alongside hosts, Equatorial Guinea, DR Congo and South Africa. Pool B hast Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia and Nigeria.