Foot­ball club for Swazi tour­na­ment

Sunday Express - - SPORTS -

BEREA Ladies foot­ball club will rep­re­sent the coun­try in a four-team tour­na­ment in Swazi­land on the first week­end of Jan­uary 2018.

The Tey­ateya­neng-based Women Su­per League side, will face their Swazi coun­ter­parts, Manzini Wan­der­ers, Olym­pa­frica Ladies and Lubamba High­landers in Manzini.

This will be the club’s sec­ond Swazi ex­cur­sion af­ter they toured for a pre-sea­son against Black Leop­ards and Po­lice Re­cruits.

Coach and co-owner of the team, Tha­ba­neng Lekhooa, re­cently told the Sun­day Ex­press that the tour­na­ment will help prepare his charges to com­pete for honours in the do­mes­tic league.

“It is very good to give play­ers ex­po­sure,” Lekhooa said, adding, “We are still a new team and such tour­na­ments are cru­cial to our de­vel­op­ment”.

Berea Ladies are cur­rently fifth with nine points on the eight team Women Su­per League log standings af­ter win­ning three and los­ing six of the nine league matches they have played.

Lekhooa, who was Me­ha­lal­i­toe coach at the re­cent COSAFA Women’s Cup in Zim­babwe, said the team had im­proved as they had been tail-enders in the league.

“This is our third sea­son since the league was re­launched and we are much bet­ter than we were in the last two sea­sons where we were the bot­tom side. Now we are fifth with only a few points sep­a­rat­ing us and the fourth and third-placed sides. We have a chance of fin­ish­ing in a re­spectable po­si­tion.”

Their next do­mes­tic league fix­ture will be away to Mafeteng Sis­ters in Ma­put­soe. Their op­po­nents are a point be­hind them on sixth po­si­tion.

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