After witnessing his team losing two opening matches of the Sasol League in KwaZulu Natal (4-0 against Westiville Ladies and 3-0 against Umlazi Arsenal), Ixopo Ladies coach Ayanda Vezi has called for help from the local municipality.
The team from Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality in Ixopo has found the going tough in the league and the coach believes it is because of lack of facilities, which makes their preparations a challenge.
He revealed to FARPost that his team does not have a training ground and they use official matches to prepare the team and find the right combinations.
“At Ixopo, Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality has refused to give us a training ground, that is why our results are so bad, everything we do, it starts on game day. Though we are from Ixopo, we don’t play our home matches there, we play outside of the town.
“It is really tough, but we hope they will see what we are trying,” said Vezi.
With the passion of the players, the coach revealed that he could not let the talent go to waste.
“I realized that they are passionate about football and they’ve always wanted to be in football. So the opportunity of different league levels for women gave them that chance.
“They have self belief and you can see that they are good players. This season we just want to maintain the status of the league so that we can learn from other teams and other people.”
“The good thing is that other coaches from different teams tell us what to fix and how to go about playing at this level, we really appreciate their assistance,” continued Vezi.
The coach believes he has raw talent in the team, which needs nurturing and he intends to help the players reach their potential before they can think about playing for the national team.
“To be honest they are not yet at a level of national team selection. We are still building from scratch, we are all new in this game.”
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter