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SA footballers first in action at Region 5 Games
- Updated: December 5, 2014
By Mark Etheridge
in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Team South Africa’s two footballing sides will kickstart the rainbow nation’s African Region 5 Games campaign here on Friday.
The men get the ball rolling with a fixture against Lesotho and the women then take on Botswana.
Said women’s manager Anna Motane: ‘There are only four countries playing football at these games: us, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.
‘The technical meeting decided that it will be a round robin format and then the team with the most points will win the competition.
‘We play Botswana first then, Zimbabwe on Sunday and our final match is against Namibia on Tuesday.’
The manager says there are no out and out favourites. ‘You really can’t underestimate any of the countries. Namibia always show lots of character and determination and then Botswana will be the most physical side.
‘They are very strong and if you don’t watch you you can be tired out after 20 minutes!’
The girls doing duty here all fall into the Under-20 category while other codes may see slightly younger competitors taking part.
Players to watch? ‘Mosili Mahoali, a striker from the Vaal region, is definitely one for the future.’
The Games’ opening ceremony is scheduled for Sunday and the Games, the sixth of their kind and previously known as the Zone VI Games, will wind up a week later.