KwaZulu-Natal defending Champions Durban Ladies fought to a 4-2 victory over Remax Shooting Stars in their Sasol League National Championships match at the Sasol League road show held at Impumelelo Stadium, Dundee on Saturday.
Having not lost a game this season and boasting a number of Banyana Banyana players, the Durban Ladies were favourites going into the much anticipated game which did not disappoint when it came to action.
Both sides – captained by national team players – were looking to draw from the inspiration that the Banyana Banyana players would bring to the field.
Durban Ladies controlled the early stages of the game, having the majority of the possession and spending most of the time in their opponents half.
The first-half deadlock was broken when Durban Ladies were awarded a penalty after Banyana Banyana striker, Silindile Ngubane, was bought down in the box. Nomfundo Mchunu stepped up and slotted it in to the corner. Confidence ignited, a first-half brace from Ngubane took the Durban Ladies into the break with a 3-0 lead.
Remax Shooting Stars pulled back two goals in the second half through Nomthandazo Khubeka and Samkelisiwe Ncongo, and its seemed the game was on until Ngubane netted her third goal.
Ngubane’s hat-trick and her contribution to the game saw her being awarded the Sasol “Shikisha” Moment, as well as the Sasol Diski Queen award, for her influential performance.
The game ended 4-2 to Durban Ladies, and they advance to their fifth consecutive championships.
The other Sasol League match on the day saw Sunflower FC take on Galaxy Ladies. Galaxy Ladies provided most of the attack early in the game. Sunflower kept their composure and absorbed the pressure which resulted in an 18th minute counter attack goal by Fanele Mhlongo, to put Sunflower a goal up.
It was the brace from Sunflower FC captain, Mbali Bhengu that put the result to doubt and gave her team a 3 – 0 victory over Galaxy FC. The brace and an outstanding all-round performance saw her being award the title of the Sasol Diski Queen for this match, and her spectacular free kick goal from 25 metres out was awarded the Sasol “Shikisha” Moment of the Game.
Earlier in the day Banyana Banyana Coach Joseph Mkhonza and his technical held an open trials session where they put 42 players through their paces, in an effort to identify potential talent and grow the ever-increasing pool of players from which the national team coaches, of all age groups, can draw from for future international matches.
“As we look forward to the 2014 Banyana Banyana season, we need to start strengthening our National Team for the 2014 African Women’s Championship in Namibia,” said Mkhonza.
“We need to put our best team forward in a bid to qualify for our first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup that will be taking place in Canada in 2015. Events such as the Sasol League road shows afford us the opportunity to do a nationwide search for the best women football players in the country,” the coach concluded.
The 2013 Sasol League season will come to an end at the Sasol League National Championships taking place in Klerksdorp, North West from Monday, 25th November – Sunday, 1 December 2013.
(With editing by gsport)