Bfn women’s team takes all

2016-12-14 06:02
Edwin Lisene, coach of the Bloemfontein Celtic women's team. Photo: Teboho Setena

Edwin Lisene, coach of the Bloemfontein Celtic women's team. Photo: Teboho Setena

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The coach of the Bloemfontein Celtic women’s football team, Edwin Lisene, is buoyant after his team won its first major trophy, that of the Sasol women’s national championship.

His outfit overcame determined opponents JVW from Gauteng by 1-0 in the final to be crowned the 2016 Sasol League national champions.

This is the first time the Free State team has reached the final and the players did exceptionally well to clinch the trophy, which had eluded them in previous years.

The closest the team had ever made it to winning the national championship was when it finished in third place and attained bronze medals in 2014.

This time, however, the team pulled out all the stops to win its first-ever national championship, which had always been dominated by teams from Gauteng.

Lisene’s team has been unchallenged provincially in the Sasol Women’s League.

He believes winning the national championship is the only way to justify the team’s dominance in the Free State.

His team has won the competition provincially a record number of nine times.

“We had prepared well for this year’s national tournament. The players were focused and showed hunger to win the championship. They did not disappoint at all,” says Lisene, who is delighted that his team’s name will also be engraved in the prestigious trophy.

“The current team is well-balanced compared to the previous ones, hence we performed well this year.

“We have been going to the national tournament, but not winning anything. So we felt this was our time.”

The Bloemfontein-based outfit completed the national championship unbeaten.

For winning the national championship, the Bloemfontein-based side received gold medals plus a whopping R50 000 in prize money.

Including the R50 000 prize money received for winning the Free State stream of the competition, the team is R100 000 richer.

Lisene attributed the team’s achievement this year to hard work. He said the forthcoming season would be challenging for the players.

“We have to strive to defend two titles, provincial and national. We plan to start preparing early in January, shortly after schools open for the 2017 academic year.”

We have to strive to defend two titles, provincial and national. We plan to start preparing early in January, shortly after schools open for the 2017 academic year.

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