Beauties beat Academy in top of the log clash
OKAHANDJA Beauties beat their closest rivals JS Academy 2-1 on Sunday to stretch their lead to six points at the top of the Women’s Super League.
A crowd of about 200 people turned up at the NFA Technical Centre on Sunday to watch the clash and they were not disappointed as both teams lived up to expectations.
The youthful Academy side launched numerous attacks through Zenatha Coleman and Chicken Dawes, but Beauties’ keeper Meriam Swartbooi had a great match and brought off some fine saves. Another highlight was the midfield battle between Kleintjie Fredericks and JS Academy captain Lena Noreses, which was keenly contested, with the honours equal.
JS Academy’s inexperience from the set pieces was exploited by Beauties as Fredericks gave them the lead midway through the first half with a well taken freekick that hit the roof of the net, giving Agnes Kauzuu no chance.
JS Academy started the second half on the attack and were soon level when Vistorine Shangula beat a defender and broke past Swartbooi in the box to put the ball into an empty net.
Beauties however had the final say when Fredericks once again scored from a freekick with nine minutes to go, shooting the ball high into the net.
The victory sees Beauties now leading the log on 40 points from 16 matches, while JS Academy are second on 34 points, although they have two matches in hand.
In Sunday’s second match, 21 Brigade beat bottom of the log Challengers 4-1. 21 Brigade’s goals were scored by Saara Iyambo, Linea Kamati, Fransina Shivute and Lydia Kafita, while Nicolene Doeses replied for Challengers.
On Saturday, Okahandja Beauties and JS Academy both recorded big victories, with Beauties beating Challengers 10-0, while JS Academy beat 21 Brigade 8-1.
For Beauties, Kleintjie Fredericks and Lydia Eixas each scored a hattrick, while Sanna Links scored two goals and Salome Iyambo and Stacey Naris one goal each.
JS Academy’s goals came via Alberta Dawes, Lena Noreses and Zenatha Coleman who each scored a brace, while Vistorine Shangula and Millicent Hikuam each scored one goal. Helena Iipinge replied for 21 Brigade with a freekick.
PRISONS LURE STARS
Meanwhile Jacqui Shipanga of the NFA Women’s Desk could not confirm rumours that a Prisons team that is aiming to compete for the first time next season, had offered four players lucrative contracts. The players in question are Maggi Paulus and Queen Manga of Poly Babes, Stacey Naris of Okahandja Beauties and Lovisa Mulunga of JS Academy.
According to sources, the players signed up with the Prisons team after receiving lucrative contracts that include medical aid, free accommodation, transport allowances and salaries.
“I have heard these rumours and if they are true I won’t stand in their way if they can get employment. But Stacey will definitely not go because she has already signed up with a German team that she will join in September. I will also not allow Lovisa to go because she is still too young,” she said.
Shipanga also expressed her condolences to Naris, who’s father died over the weekend.
“Her father always supported her and always came to Beauties’ games wearing her number 13 jersey. It’s not an easy time for Stacey now and the Beauties team went to her house yesterday to attend the memorial service and to give our support,” she said.