Local lasses shoot for the stars

2018-05-31 06:01
The Strand Kasi Queens have just started training and will showcase their skills on the soccer pitch, when they compete in a tournament soon.PHOTO: velani ludidi

The Strand Kasi Queens have just started training and will showcase their skills on the soccer pitch, when they compete in a tournament soon.PHOTO: velani ludidi

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Many women in the greater Lwandle area who have struggled to get a women’s soccer team off the ground would be happy to know such a team has finally been established.

The Strand Kasi Queens have just started training and will soon be in action in a football tournament.

Until now, women interested in honing their soccer skills were largely compelled to train with men’s teams, subsequently also comparing themselves to their male counterparts.

The new team was started by 32-year-old Ayabulela Singqoto. “I played soccer before moving to Strand. When I arrived here, I relised there were no women teams,” she said.

“After consultation with a few people, I noticed there were more women interested in soccer than I thought, so I started the team.”

The team currently has 18 players and Singqoto hopes more girls will join.

“We want to have a league of our own, but to do that we need players of all ages,” she points out. “We also need sponsors, as we have only two soccer balls at the moment.”

The team currently plays friendly matches against local men’s teams.

Midfielder Phumelela Velem is happy she gets a chance to play soccer with women.

The 18-year-old grew up playing soccer and says she cannot wait to play in a tournament.

Velem says she takes much of her cue from Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I am not a fan of Real Madrid, but my style of play is similar to that of Cristiano,” she says.

Abongile Myataza, a soccer player from Lwandle, says the new team is good for development. “It has been a long time coming. I am happy we finally have a team of women from this area,” she says.

“I believe this will attract many girls – perhaps even the next Portia Modise [former Banyana Banyana player].”

Singqoto encourages parents to let their children join the team.

“It is good for development and takes girls away from many things,” she says. “We plan to have girl empowerment programmes also, so that we can teach each other skills to survive.”

The team trains Mondays to Fridays.

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