Banyana take on Tanzania in the CAF's African Women Championships opener

By NAKAMPE LEKWADU

BANYANA Banyana open their CAF’s African Women Championships (AWC) against Tanzania in Daveyton’s revamped Sinaba Stadium on October 31.

The AWC which mark its seventh edition will be played in the city of Ekurhuleni’s two townships, Thembisa (Makhulong Stadium) and Daveyton (Sinaba) from October 31-November 14. Two teams which reaches the final will automatically qualify for the 2011 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Germany.   

Against Tanzania, Banyana can expect to win with a bigger marging if they can produce the same form that saw them beat them (Tanzania) 6-0 during a friendly international match which was played at the Makhulong Stadium on August 7. Banyana went on to play two more friendly matches which saw them lost 2-0 before drawing 2-2 against cameroon and Mali respectively. 

Defending champions Equatorial Guinea will kick off the defence of their AWC title with a Group B match against Cameroon at Sinaba Stadium at 11h00 on Tuesday, 2 November 2010. Group A of the seventh edition of the AWC comprises South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania and Mali and Group B has pitted Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria together.

The tournament is being hosted in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. The opening match, the majority of the group matches, semi-finals and final match takes place at the Sinaba Stadium, with two of the tournament’s final group matches being played at Tembisa’s Makhulong Stadium on November 7 and 8.

The AWC semi-final matches will both be played at the Sinaba Stadium on Thursday, November 11, with the winners of the two semi-finals not only reaching the tournament finale, but also qualifying for the two African spots at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. The tournament’s showpiece final match will be played at Sinaba Stadium at 14h00 on Sunday, November 14.

“The fixtures are now set and excitement is mounting for what promises to be a very competitive African Women Championship. One of the stadia being used is brand new and the other’s been extensively renovated, so we’re looking forward to utilising them for top-class international women’s football and for crowds to join us in numbers. Organisationally, we’re all set and we’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of the teams in less than a month’s time,” said AWC Organising Committee Chairperson Nomsa Mahlangu.

Ekurhuleni Metro’s spokesperson Zweli Dlamini has confirmed the city’s state of readiness and is eagerly awaiting the start of the tournament.

“Now that we know which teams will be playing each other and at what time, a public mobilisation campaign will get underway to popularise the matches and to ensure that locals don’t miss this once-off opportunity to see their favourite teams at their doorstep. The fact that most games take place late in the afternoon is a plus as this will accommodate the majority of people, especially scholars who will not be disrupted at schools at this critical time of the year,” said Dlamini.

 

7th CAF African Women’s Championship

Group A:

 

 

Group B:

South Africa

Tanzania

Equatorial Guinea

Algeria

Mali

Nigeria

 

Cameroon

Ghana

Group Matches/Matches de groupe

No.

Match

Grp

Date

Kick-off time

Venue

1

South Africa

V

Tanzania

A

31/10/2010

13H00

Sinaba

2

Nigeria

V

Mali

A

01/11/2010

15H30

Sinaba

3

Equatorial Guinea

V

Cameroon

B

02/11/2010

11H00

Sinaba

4

Algeria

V

Ghana

B

02/11/2010

15H30

Sinaba

5

South Africa

V

Nigeria

A

04/11/2010

11H00

Sinaba

6

Mali

V

Tanzania

A

04/11/2010

15H30

Sinaba

7

Equatorial Guinea

V

Algeria

B

05/11/2010

11H00

Sinaba

8

Ghana

V

Cameroon

B

05/11/2010

15H30

Sinaba

9

Mali

V

South Africa

A

07/11/2010

15H30

Sinaba

10

Tanzania

V

Nigeria

A

07/11/2010

15H30

Makhulong

11

Ghana

V

Equatorial Guinea

B

08/11/2010

15H30

Sinaba

12

Cameroon

V

Algeria

B

08/11/2010

15H30

Makhulong

Semi Final

13

1st Group A

V

2nd Group B

11/11/2010

10H30

Sinaba

14

1st Group B

V

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