On Saturday it was gloves off in the Sasol women’s soccer league eNgcoco derby when Cumakalo FC faced Eluhewini Ladies to decide the best in town.
The two Chris Hani district teams went into the game with a point between them; Cumakalo at fifth and Eluhewini at sixth. Cumakalo took no prisoners, trouncing Eluhewini 4-0 to move up to fourth on the table with nine points, while Eluhewini dropped to seventh, still on five points.
The game was one-sided, with Eluhewini not managing to get a shot on target. At half time the score was 2-0, goals courtesy of Sikelelwa Manqonyana and Oyama Mfakado. Manqonyana and Zikhona Simon netted a goal each in the second half and that was game.
“It was a good match. Our opponents came prepared. It must be said, however, we went there to play a 1pm game. We prepared ourselves for a lunchtime game and had our warm-ups by 12. We were shocked when we were told the game was scheduled for 3pm. That threw us off and gave our opponents one up,” said Dumisani Gcina, coach of Eluhewini.
He accredited the mistake in the kickoff time to SAFA administrators. He has vowed to turn the season around: “We couldn’t prepare well for the game because three of our players had gone to represent the Eastern Cape in an U17s competition. But schools are now open. We will have enough time to prepare for this weekend. We will fight. We are not being relegated.”
Cumakalo coach, Wezo Ndikim, said they were aiming to take on the Roses at top spot. “We are aiming high. We are only four points behind them (Red Roses ladies FC). We want to take the next three points and make the difference a point and close the first round of the season on a high,” he said.
Cumakalo face Eastern Rangers tomorrow away at Lusikisiki. Rangers who are fifth on the table and keen to knock them off their perch to move closer to the coveted playoff spot.
Eluhewini have a tougher job. Tomorrow they travel to Mthatha to face number two side, Ayakho Stars FC. Ayakho are a point shy of first place Roses, who have 13 points.