3 February 2023 – South African Football Association (SAFA) COO Lydia Monyepao is excited ahead of the kick-off of the 2023 Hollywoodbets Super League.

Monyepao says she is looking forward to quality, competitive and exciting football as the Hollywoodbets Super League clubs have strengthened their ranks with some great players. She said the excitement will be heightened by the fact that the clubs will also be looking to attract the attention of Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis as she continues to prepare for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup later this year.

“We have worked so hard as a nation to get to this point in women’s football and I believe it will be a great year. Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies have done a great job over the past three seasons by dominating the league and representing us as a country at the CAF Women’s Champions League,” said the SAFA COO said.

“However, I believe this season will not be very easy for them as the other clubs have made some great signings and intend to challenge Sundowns. We want to welcome the two promoted clubs, Copperbelts Ladies and University of Pretoria, to the Hollywoodbets Super League and wish them all the best in their maiden season.

“We are also excited to have Royal AM and TS Galaxy in the Super League. I believe that the addition of these two clubs will help generate the much-needed national interest and attention we need.”

The Hollywoodbets Super League kicks off this weekend with the clubs finalizing the registration of their players. The University of the Western Cape has made some exciting signings, welcoming Banyana Banyana midfielder Kholosa Biyana to the club from Sporting Gijon in Spain. They have also signed Lithemba Sam-Sam and Thimna Mphele, who have done exceptionally well at U17 and U20 levels, and at their club Cape Town Roses.

TS Galaxy Queens have made several signings, grabbing some of the best players in the Hollywoodbets Super League. They have attained the services of Nompumelelo Nyadeni, Mamello Makhabane, Yolula Tsawe, Sisanda Madlala and Erin Herz from JVW Ladies. They also looked into the books of TUT to grab Busisiwe Ndimeni, Precious Seshweni and Nothando Vilakazi.

Nicole Michael moved to TS Galaxy Queens from Royal AM together with UJ’s Dineo Magagula. They were joined by Jamie Witbooi and Pertule Petersen from Vasco Da Gama. Madembe Tshikumbu and Pride Nthite of MaIndies and Banyana Banyana forward Nomvula Kgoale have also joined the Kwa Mhlanga side.

Richmond United have made five new signings as they beef up their 2023 squad. Goalkeeper Ntabiseng Mazoue from Tsunami Queens and Mpho Bloem from Golden Ladies join the De Aar-based side. The club also dipped into the Sasol League and signed Dimalatso Seitlheko from Ixias FC in the Free State, and also welcomed Mandisa Madlala from Leeds in one of the LFA’s in the Eastern Cape.

Thunderbirds Ladies were also busy in the market as they signed two former Tsunami Queens players Molebohang Mofokeng and Nontsikelelo Zweni. They also looked into the now-relegated Golden Ladies’  squad and secured the services of Veronica Mogale, Mamoseki Tsetse and Shantell Timane.

University of Pretoria have also beefed up their squad ahead of their debut season by securing Kgothatso Manamela from First Touch FC, Isabella Ludwig makes her move to the Pretoria-based side from JVW, while Lebogang Chuma, Nombulelo Khumalo, Zama Ncgobo, Zikhona Mgotywa and Khodani Manyanya also move to the Stripe Generation.

While other clubs in the Hollywoodbets Super League are yet to conclude their new signings.

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