On Saturday Cumakala FC (Lady Frere) hosted Coastal United Ladies FC from Mthatha in a Sasol women’s soccer league game. The Lady Frere-based team have had a slow start to the season and were keen to move up the log after having no wins from their previous four games.
They came out top after making tough work of the match, missing the chances they were creating. The only scorer in the game was Sikelewa Manqonyana and the result was 1-0 to Cumakala at the final whistle.
The women’s soccer league is divided into two streams; coastal and inland. Chris Hani region plays in the inland stream, with clubs including Cumakala and Eluhewini Ladies FC.
Cumakala now has five points from five games and are at five on an eight-team log. They have suffered two losses, drawing their other two games.
Being nestled in the middle, Wezo Ndiki, coach of Cumakala, hopes this will be the shift in gears their season needs.
“It was not a hard game. There was a lot of wind, however, which made play difficult, but we managed to control the game. We could have scored at least five times; we just did not convert our chances. That is what we will be practising (finishing) this week in preparation for our next game.”
He said they were happy with how the season had gone but now they had their sights set higher.
“We are satisfied with how the season has gone so far. We are still within reach of our goal. We would like to finish second this season. That can be done. We have set our sights on winning our next three games.”
Next Cumakala play host to the Ngcobo-based Eluhewini Ladies FC who are playing in their first season. Cumakala is in fifth place on the log but Eluhewini is in sixth on inferior goal difference.