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Banyana Banyana coach all set to conduct football clinics in Province

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The football clinics programme is part of a nationwide plan announced earlier this year by Safa

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Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis (pictured) will lead a delegation of Safa coaches to the Northern Cape to conduct a series of football clinics for women players in a programme sponsored Sasol.

The roadshow touches down in the Northern Cape in mid-July, with this province’s clinics taking place over the weekend of July 13-14 at Paballelo’s Robert Gunda Stadium in Upington.

Maud Khumalo and Simphiwe Dludlu, head coaches of the South African Under-20 and Under-17 Women’s National Teams will accompany Ellis.

Also, in attendance will be the Provincial Technical Officers as well as local CAF A licensed coaches.

“This is a big year for all three women’s national teams and by doing these selection roadshows and talent identification we want to ensure we have seen all the talent that is available in South Africa. Last year we managed to identify some players who are now part of the national teams and we are confident that this exercise will again bear fruit. The thing with national teams is that you have to constantly be on the lookout for talent, and that is why this is a very important outing for SafaA and women’s football in particular,” said Fran Hilton-Smith, Assistant Technical Director of Safa and HOD Women’s Football.

“Our greatest gratitude goes to Banyana Banyana sponsor, Sasol, as well as the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa for the unwavering support which will help us reach further afield and provide more assistance to players who would otherwise not have a chance to be seen by the selectors,” Hilton-Smith added.

The talent search will take place over two days (Saturday and Sunday) in each province – with the first day set for Sasol League games where all the teams will be in action in one venue.

The following day has been set aside for talent identification as well as coaching courses for local coaches.

Safa NC secretary Willem Coetzee has already notified the 16 women’s teams that campaign in the current dual stream Sasol League about attending the coaching clinics.

The football clinics programme is part of a nationwide plan announced earlier this year by Safa to strengthen the capacity of its constituent structures in all spheres including especially coaching and football administration.

The organisation has already made known plans to restructure the dual stream Sasol Women’s League into a single stream as part of its efforts to professionalise women’s football in the country along the lines of the male’s only Premier Soccer League.

Teams that have been selected for the clinics from the Sol Plaatje municipal area include Ritchie All Stars, Galeshewe Ladies, Crusaders FC and Royal Wizards. Junior Tigers from Hartswater in the Phokwane area have also been selected.