First Touch Academy coach targets top 3 finish


First Touch Academy head coach John Tlhako says he would be much happier if his side finishes in the top three of the Safa National Women’s League (SNWL).

The club managed to finish fourth in the SNWL last season.

Tlhako is pleased with how his squad started the pre-season, singling out the work of his technical team in improving the condition of the players despite the challenges they have faced brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As you know in terms of preparations I’m satisfied, I don’t want to lie. There’s direction ahead of the new season,” said the First Touch mentor.

“Last season we finished fourth on the log standings, but for now I think we need to compete and go up a bit.

“If we could get position two or three then I will be a happy man. However, by God’s grace, that it happens we get position one it will be a bonus as we are competing against big clubs that are well equipped and got almost everything they need.”

The coach also reflected on the promotion of their fellow home province team Ma-indies into the National Women’s League citing that he’s very happy about it and looking forward to the Limpopo derby.

“You know we have been the only team representing the Province in the league. So now that Ma-Indies are promoted it means that when we fight this side they will be fighting on the other hand. There will be competition between the two sides. If you can check Gauteng they got lots of teams that are campaigning in the league which gives them an upper hand to shine.

“The rivalry between the two teams started a long time ago when we were still playing in the Sasol League. But unfortunately, they have never beaten us in Sasol. Therefore, I don’t think even now in the bigger league they will be able to defeat us. I can assure you that it’s going to be one of the best derbies you have ever seen.”

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By Mauwane Raophala

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