Women’s coach ex­cels

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FOR­MER soc­cer player, Phumza Nqweniso, 33, of Dun­can Vil­lage says be­ing a woman coach is a daunt­ing task but her team keeps her on her toes.

Birm­ing­ham City Ladies is a lead­ing team par­tic­i­pat­ing in the SALSA Games and have been

Fmak­ing waves by win­ning many of their matches. Nqweniso, who is pas­sion­ate about the sport, said that al­though there were chal­lenges, her team al­ways kept her grounded.

“It is not easy for us fe­male coaches, but my pas­sion for sports drives me.

“I al­ways tell my team to fol­low their pas­sion de­spite the chal­lenges we face,” she said.

She said her goal was to keep young women away from drugs, abuse and off the streets through sport.

“We all have a role to play in our com­mu­ni­ties and this is one of the goals that is im­por­tant, to em­power women be­cause they are the most im­por­tant part of our so­ci­ety.

“But, I en­joy what I do de­spite the stereo­types and chal­lenges,” she said.

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TOP TEAM: Birm­ing­ham City Ladies, coached by Phumza Nqweniso, are lead­ing the SALSA Games this year

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HOCKEY STAR: Sel­borne Col­lege pupil, Matt De­war, was awarded the Colin Bar­tle Tro­phy as the Player of the Tour­na­ment at the South African Schools Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion Tour­na­ment. He was also awarded the Most Valu­able Mid­fielder in the U18 teams. The tour­na­ment took place in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg re­cently

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