South Africa Women’s national team head coach Desiree Ellis says she has been impressed with the opening two rounds of the second edition of the SAFA National Women’s League.
Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies have carried on where they left off last season and currently lead the log after two wins from two matches. They also face strong competition from newcomers JVW FC and First Touch Ladies who have also collected a maximum of six points each from their opening two matches.
Ellis who attended the Limpopo derby between First Touch and Ma-Indies at Seshego Stadium on Saturday says she anticipates the league to even get better as the season progresses.
“I am happy with the start of the season, it shows that clubs have stepped up,” said Ellis.
“Look I always thought the second edition would be better. I always thought it would be tougher, with the Champions League spot now up for grabs I am thinking teams are going to go all out and to be better. Teams trying to pick up points who didn’t pick up points last week.
“I foresee it getting even tougher because it looks like teams had a lot of time to prepare which was key. Yes, there is still a lot of rustiness though because they have not played for more than a year. But I think as the season goes on I believe it will be better,” she said.
Week 3 full fixtures:
Tsunami Queens FC v Bloemfontein Celtic FC
Thunderbirds Ladies v TUT Ladies
Richmond United v University of Johannesburg
Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies v UWC
Ma-Indies Ladies v Coal City Wizards
JVW FC v Durban Ladies FC
Golden Ladies v First Touch Academy
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By Ofhani Munyai