Scouting for professional women’s players

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Lentswe, Mahikeng - Last weekend saw the second Sasol League provincial roadshow take place at the North West University (NWU) Mafikeng Campus.

The roadshow entailed a full round of NW Sasol League fixtures and was preceded by a coaches’ workshop facilitated by Sasol Banyana Banyana head-coach, Desiree Ellis. 

The workshop was designed to take local coaches through the ins and outs of player scouting with the aim of broadening the talent pool for the national team. 

Banyana Banyana head coach, Ellis commented, “The North West Sasol League roadshow was an immense success. It not only helped shine a spotlight on the league in the province through a festival of women’s football, but it gave myself, together with local coaches, the opportunity to take a close look at the talent on display. 

“I must commend Sasol and SAFA on the scouting initiative that has been put in place this season. 

“I was immensely impressed by the talent on display in the North West and cannot wait to see what we spot in forthcoming Sasol League roadshows around South Africa.”

At the workshop, Coach Ellis took the local Sasol League coaches through the physical, tactical, technical and mental attributes they should be looking for and encouraging in each position. 

She then joined the coaches for the next day’s fixtures, helping coaches implement their newly acquired skills and as-sessing and monitoring up-and-coming individuals for potential Banyana Banyana inclusion.

Nozipho Mbatha, Sasol Group Brand Marketing Manager, added: “Women’s football is certainly on the rise in South Africa which is why it is important that mechanisms are put in place to make sure that talented players have the chance to showcase their skill. 

“We would like to commend our partners SAFA on the scouting initiative as well as coach Desiree Ellis on her passion and dedication in helping to implement this.  We hope that the Sasol League scouting initiative will aid in giving gifted players the chances they deserve and that it will continue to take our national team from strength to strength.

Other participated teams are NWU, ALS PUK Tawana, Rustenburg Ladies, Golden Ladies, Gopane Ladies, Platinum Arsenal FC, Florentina, The Bold & The Beautiful, De’ Scorpion, The Champs FC, Queens FC, Royal Queens, Boitumelong United, Tlhabologang Ladies, Bianca Academy and We Can Ladies.