Empowering Success: The rise of the VUT Ladies Football Club
By: Puleng Maphisa– 18 August 2023
VUT Ladies Football Club
As the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup draws towards the final whistle, with the champion-deciding match scheduled for 20th of August 2023, the year remains an important one in the women’s football calendar, globally.
In South Africa on the other hand, the ongoing Women’s Month has been described by many in the sporting fraternity as an excellent opportunity to celebrate the progress of women’s football over the years, but also to take stock of the challenges faced by this beautiful game.
However, while the debate around the lack of hype around women’s football, as well as its growth, continues to gain momentum, the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Ladies Football Club is on a steady rise to making a name for itself. The club is organised into two teams: the First Team and the Development Team. With a roster of twenty-six (26) players, the club is supported by a team of five (5) technical staff members, namely: Mduduzi Nkabinde (Head Coach); Adolphus Tsotetsi (Senior Team Manager); Ntshepiseng Mokoena (Junior Team Manager) and Lebohang Mhlanga (Physiotherapist).
Currently, the Club is actively competing in the ABSA South African Football Association (SAFA) Sedibeng Regional Women’s League, which commenced on 21 June 2023. Matches take place on Sundays, and thus far the team has played five (5), winning three (3), losing one (1) and drawing one (1).
Notably, the club secured the title of 2022 USSA Stream B Champions and earned a promotion to Stream A. Beyond their competitive matches, the club engages in various team-building activities, team talks, and tournaments with other squads.
To stay in good shape and on top of their game, the club’s training sessions are scheduled from Tuesday through Friday at the VUT Stadium, with Thursdays dedicated to aerobics sessions at the main residence gym. On Fridays, they play friendly matches with local clubs to enhance their skills and bolster their teamwork.
By participating in the league and fostering a cohesive team environment through training, matches, and activities, the VUT Ladies Football Club continues to excel both on and off the field – something we can be proud of as MaVUTi Family