With a win in the Nkanhlamakwa Festive Games final in Sebokeng on Sunday, Diepkloof Ladies FC captured their third title of a wildly successful season. In a Soweto derby, they played to a goalless draw against Mito Ladies FC before taking the honours after a 4-2 penalty shootout win.
In October, Diepkloof Ladies became the inaugural winners of the Linda Mntambo Foundation Soccer Tournament, which was played in the township of Mzimhlophe, located in Orlando, Soweto.
Then, in November, they lifted the Clinix Stix Morewa Soccer Challenge title, defeating the University of Johannesburg in the final.
After his side’s latest title-clinching success, club founder Peter Mafa said his team still has more to play for as they set their sights on a fourth title at the forthcoming 20th Walter Sisulu Discovery Soccer Tournament.
Mafa, who began by coaching young girls at Ipolokeng Primary, said he could not be prouder of his team’s achievements.
He said he saw that ladies’ football has potential and a bright future in South Africa, which led him to founding Diepkloof Ladies FC in 2011. Since then, the club has enjoyed a tremendous run of success. There is nothing that gives him more joy than investing his time to help the young ladies stay off of the streets and do what they love, which is to play football, Mafa said.
“Working with young kids has always been in my heart and that’s one of the reasons that pushed me to be part of women’s soccer”, he explained.
“Working together, we ensure by all means that we bring the community together. Having that kind of support from the parents and the whole community plays a significant role in the growth and development of our young girls.”
Mafa said that success does not happen overnight. With his team, everything starts at training sessions where they work on their weaknesses to prepare themselves to compete each and every day.
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