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NC women vying for top soccer honours

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With a single fixture remaining it is unlikely that any team will catch up even if they were to lose Saturday’s fixture

Nana Manaka in action. Picture credit: safa.net

Richmond United FC are in contention for the top honours of the inland stream of the Sasol Women’s League as the conference prepares to close shop and make way for the introduction of the highly anticipated professional league in the new season.

Richmond currently leads the inland conference with 33 points after winning all 11 matches in the seven team league. The club scored 101 goals while only conceding a total of six in that period.

Having conceded fewer goals than they have scored, is likely to serve United well as they head into the likely play-offs with the top team from the league’s coastal conference – Kakamas-based RC Mills.

But before the play-offs Richmond has one more fixture to fulfil against second-placed Galeshewe Ladies FC at the Richmond sports grounds on Saturday in a match starting at 3pm, before their season wraps up.

However, Richmond could even stay at home and still remain untroubled at the top of the log where they have a five-point lead over Saturday’s opponents, who are at 28 points.

Meanwhile, in the coastal stream, RC Mills, which is coincidentally owned and managed by the Safa provincial secretary Willem Coetzee, currently leads the pack with 27 points after 11 games. Mills have won eight of the 11 games out of the season’s complement of 12 fixtures. They drew three games, scored 45 goals and only conceded 10.

Mills comes up against Kuruman-based Sesheng Ladies at the Sesheng grounds on Saturday afternoon at 3pm. Mills holds an unassailable points lead in the coastal conference with a nine-point gap between themselves and chasers Tlhaping Flowers also of Kuruman.

With a single fixture remaining it is unlikely that any team will catch up even if they were to lose Saturday’s fixture.

Word at Safa headquarters has it that the Sasol League will likely serve as a feeder to the women’s professional league which will have 12 teams made up of the nine provincial winners of the Sasol League and a team each from Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic.

A University Sports SA side will make up the numbers.

The new professional league will initially not have a promotion/relegation system for the first two years of operation, after which period the team numbers may be gradually increased.