Bay sport fans can look forward to major women’s soccer champs

2018-09-12 06:00
Nelson Mandela Bay-born Banyana Banyana and USD San Zaccaria FC defender Amanda Sister.          Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

Nelson Mandela Bay-born Banyana Banyana and USD San Zaccaria FC defender Amanda Sister. Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

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SAFA Eastern Cape are gearing up to host the 2018 Council of Southern Africa Football Association (COSAFA) Cup Women’s Championships in Nelson Mandela Bay from September 12 to 22.

According to SAFA Provincial Executive Officer (PEO) Isaac Klaas, all games are scheduled to take place in Port Elizabeth.

Two of the games will be played at the Westbourne Oval Stadium, while the rest will take place at the Wolfson Stadium in Kwazakhele.

The 12 national teams were divided into three groups of four teams each at the draw in Johannesburg on August 29.

The teams include East African side Uganda and Central African giants Cameroon, who were invited by SAFA to compete with the southern region sides.

The tournament will start off in a round robin and end in a knockout system where the four teams with the highest points will clash in the semi-finals.

The reigning champions, Banyana Banyana, form part of Group A together with Botswana, Madagascar and Malawi.

Group B consists of Zambia, Mozambique, Cameroon and Lesotho. Group C contains 2017 runners-up Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia and Uganda.

Home supporters can look forward to watching Banyana Banyana’s overseas-based players, skipper Janine van Wyk, Thembi Kgatlana and Linda Mothlalo (from Houston Dash in USA), Mihlali Mayambela (Brage FC player in Sweden), Amanda Sister (USD San Zaccaria FC in Italy) and Lebogang Moloto (Nashville FC in USA) as well as local players, like Amanda Dlamini, Nompumelelo Nyandeni, to name a few.

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