Women’s league heating up

2016-09-07 06:00

THE battle to win the Sasol Women’s League crown in the Northern Cape is expected to go down to the wire.

There are three favourites in the championship race of the 16 women’s football teams campaigning in the A and B streams of the Northern Cape.

The first round was completed during July, with A and B stream leaders, Richmond United Ladies and RC Mills Ladies, the only two clubs undefeated thus far.

Mills, topping stream A with 50 points, have the edge to make it through to the provincial final. In stream B it is a two-horse race between United and Galeshewe Ladies as a point separates them.

The overall winner automatically qualifies to represent the Northern Cape at the national final scheduled for October.

Only eight clubs finishing in the top-eight bracket of the league will receive prize money. The prizes are as follows, beginning with the first place, through to the eighth:

R50 000, R30 000, R25 000, R20 000, R17 000, R16 000, R15 000 and R14 000.

In the case of Northern Cape having two streams, only the top-seeded four clubs in the A and B stream will receive cash prizes.

Given the financial incentives, the second round is expected to go down to the wire with the 16 clubs intensifying their effort to stake their claim.

This year also marks the eighth year of Sasol’s sponsorship of the country’s Premier Women’s Football League played under the auspices of the South African Football Association (Safa).

Safa and the sponsors deemed the league has played an integral part in contributing to the growth and development of women’s football in South Africa.

“The Sasol League has given women’s football structure and a regular platform to train and improve their football skills through the games.

“This is where most players that are selected into the national women’s football team are sourced from,” said Balebetse Monnakgotla, Safa’s competition director.

“The league has certainly paved the way for many of the girls that are passionate about football to participate in the sport on a semi-professional level. At Sasol, we are excited about the growth and development of women’s football and we are proud of our contribution to government’s transformation agenda through this partnership with Safa.

“We feel that we are celebrating South Africa’s unsung heroes, especially considering the overwhelming success of Sasol Banyana Banyana in recent years,” said Brenda Mopeli of Sasol brand marketing.

The competition is held across all nine provinces of South Africa. With the exception of the Northern Cape, Western Cape and North West, all the other provinces have a two-stream format, while these three have a one-stream format.

All matches are played on Saturdays and Sundays in the afternoon.

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