Women ‘on the ball’

2017-11-08 06:00
The Tottenham Ladies Football Club team will be happy to finish in the top eight of the provincial league this season. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Tottenham Ladies Football Club team will be happy to finish in the top eight of the provincial league this season. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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THE Maritzburg Echo will be publishing the history and profiles of some of the clubs under the Edendale Football Association (EFA) in the coming weeks.

This week we take a look at an Edendale female soccer club - Tottenham Ladies Football Club.

The team, nicknamed “Titanic”, was founded by Skhumbuzo Sibisi in 2012 and their home ground is the Wadley Stadium with head coach Nhlanhla Ngema, and assistant Lucky Hlela, training.

After winning the local league for three consecutive years since the team’s maiden participation into the league in 2012, Tottenham was promoted to the provincial Sasol League in 2015.

This league consists of 16 teams and Tottenham is in seventh position with four games still to be played before the finalisation of the league.

“We are a young club that has been playing in the provincial league for three seasons, so finishing within the top eight will be a great achievement,” said Sibisi.

He said they hope to finish the next season in the top four on the log.

The side’s best performing player at the moment is centre back Siyamthanda Mbatha, who was called up for the national U19 women’s soccer squad.

The club has also produced quality players, including midfielder Nosipho Mahlangu, who is playing for a Durban side, and who was also called up for the national U19 team, striker Sduduzo Dlamini, who plays for a Hammersdale team, Sunflower, which is at the top of the provincial league and looks set to finish as champions.

“Our long-term goal is not only to win the provincial league, but to produce players that will be called up to the Banyana Banyana starting line-up,” Sibisi said.

He asked people to give the team their full support by attending games. “One of the challenges women’s soccer is facing is that people do not support female soccer teams. We need to support women in soccer so they also reach the level of PSL sides and Banyana Banyana is the same as Bafana Bafana in terms of status,” Sibisi said.

Tottenham is mostly made up of pupils and some tertiary students.

Sibisi said the side has not been able to secure sponsorship and is completely funded by him and his wife.

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