The 2015 Sasol League National Championship kicks off with great excitement

Monday, 7 December 2015

The 2015 Sasol League National Championship kicked off at the Flavius Mareka Stadium in Sasolburg with great excitement as teams went head-to-head in their first encounter of the tournament on Monday, 7 December.

The nail-biting Western Cape versus Eastern Cape affair, saw defending champions Cape Town Roses FC (Western Cape) getting their championship campaign off to a great start, after emphatically beating tournament debutants Red Roses FC (Eastern Cape) 4-0.

Cape Town Roses FC’s Nandipha Booi and Sisanda Vukapi netted a goal each in the first half of the game while Red Roses fought back with great passion during the first stanza of the match. However, Cape Town Roses’ experienced defence proved to be a tough wall to crack.

The Western Cape side’s attacking prowess saw two more goals scored against Red Roses FC in the second half, to top the log of Group B on the first day of the tournament.

Cape Town Roses FC’s Head Coach, Xolile Madikane felt they could have done even better were it not for the hot and humid weather which made it difficult for the coastal players to adapt. “I think that the weather played a major role as it drained the players, particularly in the second half of the game. We missed a lot of chances to score even more goals and we need to tighten up our strikers to ensure that we get to the knockout stage of the tournament.”

Red Rose Coach, Jovula Bhekisisa is aware of what they need to do to in their next Group match to avoid repeating the mistakes made in their first encounter: “I think we have to go back to the drawing board and I have to speak to the players to fix our midfield. Today our players were not holding the midfield as I instructed them to do. Cape Town Roses were the stronger team today and it is clear why they are the defending champions of the tournament.”

Meanwhile, on Field B a tightly contested match saw the 2014 bronze winner and tournament regulars, Coal City Wizards fall short after Limpopo’s Kanatla Ladies FC wrapped up this encounter with a 2-0 victory over the Mpumalanga side.

Kanatla Ladies’ Phala Ntsoaki scored the first goal of the match in the 19th minute to put her team in the lead for the first half. Makola Maite then scored the second goal of the match in the 61st minute, to secure their three point lead in Group C of the Sasol League National Championship.

Mpho Teffo from Kanatla Ladies was awarded the Diski Queen of Match, winning R1000 and a trophy for her efforts: “This is an amazing achievement, not only for me but my team as well. We want to make sure that we win more games to get to the knockout stage of the tournament.”

In the final match of the day featuring Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies FC versus ALS Puk Tawana, the score was 2-0 at the end of the first half, at the time of going to press.

   

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