We Can Ladies FC owner and coach Buti Sam Mongale has admitted that it is very difficult for his side to find its feet in the Sasol League.
The Setlagole Village-based side was promoted into the South African semi-professional women’s league back in 2013.
However, the coach reckons that playing in the Sasol League is the best thing that could ever happen to his players.
The team has lost all of its six league matches this season and currently lie 15th in the North West Sasol League log standings.
BS Mongale, as he is popularly known, insists that they will fight until the final breath.
“No one wants to lose a match so it is really difficult – not just for me but for the players as well. But we have to soldier on and hope things will get better. I have invested a lot in this team and it hurts to see such things. At some point, I wanted to sell the status, but I felt my area cannot be without a team,” said Mongale in an interview with Safa.net.
“Even though we are still struggling to get positive results, we are proud of this opportunity we have been given to be part of this league.”
The side is having it hard as they are made up of only 16 inexperienced players because they were unable to register players due to the delayed arrival of clearance certificates from other clubs.
Their challenges started in 2018 when most of the players left the club and joined another team in Kraaipan, and a year later (2019) they were almost relegated.
“What is making matters worse is that I am working in Vereeniging (Gauteng), while the team is based in the Setlagole Village (North West). For now, I have left it in the care of someone, which is not an ideal situation because there are many challenges that sometimes need my intervention and I am not there,” he added.
“The person in charge of the club is doing the best he can. There was a point when I took all my money and used it on the team and it caused a lot of friction with my family, but that had to stop because it was not sustainable, more so because I was also earning little where I used to work.”
Mongale continued: “I have a lot of passion for women’s football, and I want to see this team move forward. I have a plan of how to run this club, but due to work commitments I am failing the girls,”
He further said it has been a tough learning curve for them as they have met teams with great ability and very competitive.
Mongale is still content of his club and believes they will stage the greatest comeback.
“Look, it is a known fact that the Sasol League is doing wonders for the young girls, and we want to take this opportunity to thank them for this great gesture – it may seem insignificant to some but it really goes a long way in helping mould the future of these players. Sasol is playing a very important role, and we will forever be grateful,” explains the team owner.
“Yes, we are struggling now, but we will come back. We will not be relegated and I will make sure we improve. I have faith in these players – the more they play the better they will become, and before the first round is over we will be back on our feet.”
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By FARPost Reporter