Magic moments at the Sasol League National Championship
The 2017 Sasol League National Championships take centre stage with the nine provincial teams vying to be crowned national champions. In the words of late SABC commentator Cebo Manyaapelo ‘football has no therefore,’ and the Championships have certainly lived up to that axiom by producing exciting moments which the pundits could never predict. Let’s take a walk down memory lane and revisit three of those magical moments.
Palace Super Falcons become three time champions
The Gauteng side is the only team to have won the tournament three times. In the 2010 final in Polokwane they beat Detroit Ladies of Mpumalanga. They dethroned Detriot after the match ended in a 2 – 2 draw, taking the match 4 – 2 on penalties.
They successfully defended the title in 2011 with a commanding 6-0 win over Limpopo’s Brazilian. Former Banyana Banyana striker Martha Mokoma scored four goals in that match. Veteran Noko Matlou was on the losing side in that match.
In 2012, Palace continued their dominance by winning a third title on the trot. This time the team from Ekurhuhleni defeated Cape Town Roses 5-2 in the final at the King Zwelithini Stadium.
Cape Town Roses
In the 2014 finals in Port Elizabeth, most had anticipated that three times champions, Palace would easily pick up their fourth title. However, Roses shocked the Gauteng side with a 2-1 victory to win their maiden title. It was the Cesane twins that stole the show on that day as they dribbled all comers and delivered a polished performance that had Coach Xolile Madikane smiling. Their performances throughout the tournament in PE earned them praise and accolades. Sinoxolo Cesane won players player of the tournament while her twin sister Noxolo Cesane won young player of the tournament. Roses have missed only one national tournament since the championships inception in 2009.
The Mamelodi Sundowns striker set a new record by being the first player to score 10 goals in a single match at the national champs. Mgcoyi, who had recently returned from a stint in Europe to rejoin her beloved Sundowns, ran riot in their match against Northern Cape’s Galeshewe Ladies beating them 25-1 in the group stages.