Diepkloof Ladies FC from Soweto secured promotion to the Gauteng Sasol League late last year after ‘many attempts’ and head coach Peter Mafa, affectionately known as ‘coach Chansa’ recalls how he felt like his feet barely touched the ground.
“It was like an out of body experience. After so many attempts trying to open the door we finally went through and it was truly rewarding,” said Mafa.
Football in South Africa remains on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic with the ongoing lockdown and it is uncertain when the beautiful game will resume but Diepkloof Ladies are optimistic and motivated as they have online group sessions in preparation for the resumption of the league.
“As a team we frequently have online group sessions where we all engage in one conversation. This is where we share exercise routines and remind ourselves of the goal we are yet to achieve. We do this to motivate each other, keeping our minds on the greater prize. Our aim is to come back stronger and better.
“We hope to pick up where we left off as we were doing fairly well in the league. If we can break through to the top 8 that would be great but being in the top 3 also wouldn’t hurt. We only hope for positive results once we get back onto the field.”
Coach ‘Chansa’ went on to state that a lot of the girls have managed to shift their focus from the negative pressure around them as living in the townships has its own challenges.
“As a team we face many challenges but the support from parents has really helped and contributed positively towards our growth. What makes the Diepkloof Ladies team limitless is that we have the hunger to achieve more and that keeps us motivated,” concluded Mafa.
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