By FOCUS REPORTER
SPEEDY Banyana Banyana striker Martha Mokoma scored the only goal of a thrilling
encounter against hosts Bloemfontein Celtic, to put Palace Super Falcons on the
victory trail in defence of their coveted national title, at the Sasol League
National Championships in Mangaung, Bloemfontein today.
The first half strike by Mokoma, nicknamed ‘Gautrain’ because of her pace, set the
Rabie Ridge-based side off on the right footing at the week-long premier tournament
on the women’s football calendar.
“We knew it was always going to be tough coming back to defend our Sasol League
National Championship title as the other eight provincial winners will come twice as
hard as us after our title success last year in Polokwane,” said Palace Super
Falcons coach Jabu Mabaso afterwards.
“But we are ready for the challenge and playing quite a few games in a short space
of time in the closing stages of the Gauteng Sasol League has worked in our favour
in getting our players in top condition for this tournament where the level of play
is at its highest in South African women’s football circles.”
Earlier in the day in another Group A fixture, North West provincial champions
Hallelujah Zebra Force ensured a high scoring start to their campaign, with a
resounding 4-0 triumph over Northern Cape representatives Royal Wizard Ladies.
Two goals from Ngakane Ketlareng and a goal each from Audrey Moswela and Keletso
Mpya got the Sasol League National Championship regulars off to a solid start.
9am: Mangaung Outer: Field B: Royal Wizard Ladies vs Brazilians Ladies
9am: Magaung Outer: Field A: Hallelujah Zebra Force vs Palace Super Falcons
3pm: Mangaung Outer: Field B: Brazilians FC vs Palace Super Falcons
3pm: mangaung Outer: Field A: Hallelujah Zebra Force vs Bloemfontein Celtics
11am: Mangaung Outer: Field B: Coastal United vs Detroit Ladies
1pm: Mangaung Outer: Field A: Durban Ladies vs Cape Town Roses