01 October 2018 – Head coach of the South African U20 Women’s National Team (Basetsana), Maud Khumalo is excited about the 2018 SAFA U19 Women’s Regional League Championship.
The former Banyana Banyana player was speaking at the launch and draw of the tournament held at the SAFA Technical Centre (Fun Valley) held on Tuesday night (1 October 2018).
The annual women’s national tournament will run from 2–6 October 2018 at the Nike Football Training Centre in Pimville Soweto, where nine provinces will battle it out in pursuit of being crowned this year’s champions.
Khumalo, who will serve as one of the selectors during the tournament, says that this is a great platform to identify undiscovered talent for the women’s national teams.
“We will use this tournament as a platform to identify talent for our national women’s Under-20 squad. We are currently on a rebuilding phase and so we are looking forward to the type of talent this tournament is going to offer us,” said Khumalo.
“This is a very important tournament because a whole lot of (retired) players such as myself, Jabulile Baloyi and COSAFA Women’s Championship back-to-back winner Desiree Ellis, were discovered at inter-provincial tournaments such as this one. You get to see the best of the best of what our country has to offer, talent wise.”
NB: Group A teams will play four matches each because they have five teams. Each side in Group B will play three games as they have four teams
Day 1 – Tuesday 02 October 2018
Match 1: North West vs. Limpopo 10h00, Field A
Match 2: Northern Cape vs. KwaZulu-Natal 10h00, Field B
Match 3: Western Cape vs. Gauteng 11h30, Field A
Match 4: eastern Cape vs. Mpumalanga 11h30, Field B
Match 5: Free State vs. North West 15h00, Field A
Day 2 – Wednesday 03 October 2018
Match 6: Free State vs. Western Cape 10h00, Field A
Match 7: Eastern Cape vs. KwaZulu-Natal 10h00, Field B
Match 8: Gauteng vs. Limpopo 11h30, Field A
Match 9: Mpumalanga vs. Northern Cape 11h30, Field B
Match 10: Western Cape vs. North West 15h00, Field A
Day 3 – Thursday 04 October 2018
Match 11: Free State vs. Limpopo 10h00, Field B
Match 12: Gauteng vs. North West 10h00, Field A
Match 13: Northern Cape vs. Eastern Cape 11h30, Field B
Match 14: KwaZulu-Natal vs. Mpumalanga 11h30, Field A
Match 15: Gauteng vs. Free State 15h00, Field B
Match 16: Western Cape vs. Limpopo 15h00, Field A
Day 4 – Friday 05 October 2018
Winner Group A vs. Runner-up Group B 10h00, Field A
Winner Group B vs. Runner-up Group A 13h00, Field A
Day 5 – Saturday 06 October 2018
3rdand 4thplace play-off 12h00, field A
Final 15h00, field A