Our players are not playing under good conditions –Apleni


Thunderbirds Ladies head coach Thembalethu Apleni says the conditions and travelling logistics for Safa National Women’s League (SNWL) teams is unbearable.

The Eastern Cape side are languishing at the bottom 3 of the SNWL with only 2 wins in 18 matches, 4 draws and 12 defeats.

Apleni bemoans the fact that they demand more from their players while the same players are not in good conditions due to traveling long distances and other inconveniences.

“Yeah in this League it does not start with this security thing, traveling more than 16 hours on a bus knowing very well that you are going to play the second day,” said Apleni.

“We demand more from the players yet they are down, from Eastern Cape to here (Polokwane) is the longest distance and I think it’s one of the challenges. The challenge is also money I can’t say so and so is at fault but it is the situation,” he continued.

The League has been heavily criticised on its first year for failing to arrange things like transport for the teams, playing without rules and regulations or at least knowing the prize money for the winners.

Futures this weekend:

Saturday, February 15

Bloem Celtic v Golden Ladies

Mamelodi Sundowns v First Touch Academy

Richmond Ladies v Durban Ladies

Thunderbirds Ladies v Coal City Wizards

Sunday, February 16

TUT v University of WC

Tsunami Queens v University of JHB

By Ofhani Munyai


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