It was a festival of goals in the opening weekend of Sasol Women’s League in KwaZulu Natal.
A total of 32 goals were scored in seven matches across the province as the league got to action in the season openers.
Club owners could not hide their excitement in a very tightly contested match at New Germany Sports Complex where Sapphire Ladies welcomed Umlazi Arsenal. The match ended 1-0 in favor of Umlazi Arsenal.
Sapphire Ladies chairlady Mbali Sabela told FARPost that her team has been working on some aspects to improve their match fitness.
“Our preparations were difficult because if you look at our challenges due to Covid-19 regulations, it was not easy at all.
“Players are unfit, because they stayed the whole year without training so others have gained weight, it has really be difficult but we are trying. We are excited to finally start the campaign, we are happy and we hope we gonna have a successful season,” said Sabela.
Meanwhile, Umlazi Arsenal founder Xolani Mthimkhulu revealed that his team is ready, though they are also fine-tuning the team and they are also struggling to get a proper training field.
“So far the team is ready, we are not 100% yet, but we are getting there. Only if we can get assistance from Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality to provide us with a training ground.
“We need to have a proper training field suitable for football so that our players can be fit, that can really come in hand for our preparations,” Mthimkhulu told FARPost.
The team has already produced a player for Banyana Banyana and they look to develop more players to represent the national team.
“As the moment we have Samke Gamede who is playing for the national team, she is from Umlazi Arsenal and she represented South Africa in the FIFA Women’s World Cup,” concluded Mthimkhulu.
Westville United Ladies FC 4 – 0 Ixopo Ladies
Newcastle Ladies 6-1 Makhanisi FC
Sunflower WFC 7-0 UKZN Women FC
White City 4-0 Golden Horses FC
DUT Midlands 1-4 Darnall FC
Tottenham Ladies 3-1 UniZulu FC
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter