Khoza Cup in full swing
SOME Banyana Banyana players who represented the country at the London Olympics will be in action during the Zodwa Khoza Memorial Cup in Soweto on Thursday.
The fifth edition of this women's soccer tournament, which is organised by the Soweto Football Association (SFA), coincides with National Women's Day (August 9).
One of the teams that have qualified for the semifinals, University of Johannesburg (UJ), includes Banyana stars in captain Amanda Dlamini and Noko Matlou.
UJ booked themselves a place in the last four after winning all their three matches following 1-0, 8-0 and 2-0 victories over Wits University, Logos and Happy Ladies respectively.
Defending champions Croesus FC are also through to the semis after winning all their matches. They beat Vigorous 3-1, Wits JCE 2-0 and Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) 1-0.
Mzansi Vultures finished top of the log in the third stream with ease.
Vultures beat Ikusasalethu Ladies 2-0, hammered Fair Ladies 4-1 and beat Lehae Deliverance 5-3.
TUT reached the semifinals by being the best runners-up of all the three groups.
UJ have been drawn against Vultures in the first semifinal at the Nike Football Training Centre, while TUT will meet Croesus. The two matches will start at 10am, with the winners proceeding to the final at 2pm.
A total of 12 clubs have registered to participate in this tournament, which is held in memory of the late Orlando Pirates brand manager Zodwa Khoza.
SFA chairman Phil "Chippa" Mogodi said his organisation is delighted that the tournament is growing in leaps and bounds.
"Zodwa was one of the people who played a massive role in influencing more women, especially the young ones, to get involved in soccer administration.
"We are using the tournament as part of our contribution to developing women's soccer. We want to see Banyana Banyana and other women's national teams doing well globally," said Mogodi.
"Players from Soweto used to dominate the Banyana squad, with the likes of Sibongile Khumalo, Jabulile Baloyi, Fikile Sithole and Patricia Kgaratse.
"Currently, Portia Modise is the only woman in the side who comes from Soweto, which is not good enough."