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Edwin Lisene, former coach of the Bloemfontein Celtic women’s side, has embarked on a new adventure.Photo: Supplied
Edwin Lisene, former coach of the Bloemfontein Celtic women’s side, has embarked on a new adventure.Photo: Supplied

Illustrious women’s football coach Edwin Lisene looks to the future as he takes up the challenge of coaching Richmond United, a Northern Cape-based women’s team.

Lisene had a distinctive stint with Bloemfontein Celtic – spanning more than a decade – until the club sent him packing in August last year.

His dismissal came in the wake of the women’s side claiming the third place in the South African Football Association’s (Safa) National Women’s League.

Now Lisene hopes to transform the Richmond-based side into a formidable force in South African women’s football.

This year United is one of the 14 clubs campaigning in the National Women’s League.

Last season the team placed second to last and finished in the relegation zone.

Lisene has pointed out that he is fully aware of how challenging it will be to transform this side into a competitive team.

Bloemfontain Celtic has, however, afforded him a winning reputation.

He guided Celtic to win the Sasol National Women’s League championship in 2016 and 2017, making it the only women’s team in South Africa to achieve this feat.

Provincially he led Celtic to ten titles.

Lisene’s abilities far exceed those of mere coaching. He prides himself on recruiting talented players and helping them to realise their potential.

Some of his players have been selected for Banyana Banyana, South Africa’s national women’s squad, while others have been chosen to play overseas.

His move to Richmond United comes mere days after Safa announced the immediate start of the National Women’s League.

The 14 competing clubs will play at home and away to determine the champion.

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