Limpopo-based Safa National Women’s League (SNWL) outfit Ma-Indies are gearing up for the new season having gained promotion to the women’s league in December 2020.
The club’s head coach Tlou Mabotja says he expects his players to hit the ground running when they face JVW Girls in their opening game of the season in what may be termed the battle of the newbies.
The SNWL teams resumed to training earlier in February after been granted permission by the local football governing body.
Mabotja admits the suspension of the women’s league due to the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on the club’s readiness.
“You know, the suspension has affected us a lot in terms of preparations because you have to play a lot of friendlies. When we started our pre-season preparations there were no other teams that were playing. In a technical language, we say the game is the best teacher. When you play games you see your mistakes and come back to rectify them so that you can continue,” said the head coach.
However, the new queens on the block are looking forward to making their debut in the National Women’s League with the hope of flying the Limpopo flag high.
When the coach was asked if the players are under pressure ahead of their first encounter, he said: “I wouldn’t put a finger on it whether it’s anxiety, fear or excitement but they are waiting for the game to come as we have played some friendly matches.”
Mabotja went on to say that targets are there but they will take each and every game as it comes because they don’t want to put too much pressure on themselves as much as they need to win as many games as possible.
“I’m looking forward to the new season with excitement and I’m someone who always wants challenges in life. It’s going to be a big challenge for the girls and myself. But we are hoping for the best,” he says in conclusion.
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By Mauwane Raophala