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Women’s league kicks off

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Noxolo Tlhong of Bloemfontein Strikers FC (middle) and Gosiame Nthekoa of Young Divas battle for the ball during the club’s opening fixture of the South African Football Association’s Promotion Women’s League in the Mangaung Metro on Saturday (27/03). Kekeletso Machabela of Young Divas looks on. Photo: Teboho Setena
Noxolo Tlhong of Bloemfontein Strikers FC (middle) and Gosiame Nthekoa of Young Divas battle for the ball during the club’s opening fixture of the South African Football Association’s Promotion Women’s League in the Mangaung Metro on Saturday (27/03). Kekeletso Machabela of Young Divas looks on. Photo: Teboho Setena

The 2020-’21 South African Football Association’s (Safa) Promotion Women’s League in the Mangaung Metro has kicked off.

Clubs in Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu got off to a bright start on Saturday (27/03).

Ten clubs from each town are competing at home and away.

Teams in the grassroots league registered in January.

Opening matches of the Bloemfontein stream saw Napoli Ladies beating Ashbury Park FC by 7 – 0, while Young Divas overcame Bloemfontein Strikers by 5 – 0.

In the following matches, Marina Ladies narrowly beat Brilliant Ladies by 2 – 1, and Inter Madrid overcame Twins Stars by 3 – 2.

In the last fixture of the day, Dikonyela Ladies outclassed Lovers Ladies by 2 – 0.

The next round of league matches will be played over the long weekend, with clubs continuing their quest to be crowned champion.

The league winner in each town will face off in the play-offs to compete for promotion to the second-tier Sasol Women’s League (SWL).

According to Lehlohonolo Maduna, Safa regional secretary, the federation’s plan is that the local women’s football competition, including the promotion play-offs, be completed by May.

The federation runs the competition as a development league, giving clubs and players a platform from which to start their journey to the professional league.

  • The federation’s decision to have each town manage its own league was made to relieve clubs of the costs incurred by travelling. The Sasol Women’s League and Safa National Women’s League are expected to kick off later in April.
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