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Tuks Women dazzle the Mamelodi crowd

By Mokgethi Maleka and Pearl Mosoane

Posted on 16 August 2010

Tuks' PAHA team.
Tuks' PAHA team.

The TuksFootball Women's team played in the 2010 People Against Human Abuse (PAHA) soccer tournament held from 07-09 August 2010 at the Muckleneuck Grounds in Mamelodi.

The tournament celebrates Women’s days and is hosted annually at the same venue.

“The organizers ensure that the long weekend is filled with football action which is good for the development of the game within the women’s sphere” said Pearl Mosoane, TuksFootball’s Women Coordinator.

Tuks lost 4 – 2 in the finals of the PAHA Women’s Day celebration. They faced their Gauteng rivals, Palace Falcons. Despite their defeat every player experienced the worth of being a Tukkie.

Head Coach, Sello Mokoena felt that his team was just too jittery thus losing confidence in themselves. The big names in the Falcons line-up were very intimidating.

“They used the advantage of having so many more big names to the full, but I was impressed with the way Tuks defended,” said Mokoena.

Nonhlanhla Phalama gave the opponents some of their own medicine by scoring the equalising goal minutes after Falcons opened the score. The teams were still head to head at the break.

Veli Madau stunned Falcons by scoring the opening goal of the second half, giving Tuks a 2-1 lead.

This was like waving a red flag in front of Falcons. They retaliated without mercy, scoring three unanswered goals.

Tuks captain, Mukondeleli ‘Shakes’ Mulaudzi, was outstanding and named Goalkeeper of the Tournament. It was therefore very unfortunate that she injured her knee after seeing off a Falcons’ attempt at goal.

Tuks came home with a silver medal and a R5000 cash prize.

Though Tuks went through the tournament missing key players like Simphiwe Dludlu, Joanner Miller, and Keneilwe Mathibela, they showed a lot of guts, spirit and character.

The tournament was attended by teams such as Bloemfontein Celtics, Maindies, the Limpopo Sasol League champions, Mamelodi Sundowns ladies, Moroka Swallows, Detroit Ladies, the Mpumalanga Sasol League champions and Palace Super Falcons, the current National Sasol League Champions.

The Build – Up to the Finals of the 2010 Women’s Day/Month Celebration

07/08/2010

11h00

Match 1

Tuks(Won)

10

-

0

Two Touch (Limpopo)

07/08/2010

16h00

Match 2

Tuks (Won)

2

-

1

Western Tigers (Limpopo)

08/08/2010

11h00

Match 3

Tuks (Won)

1

-

0

Happy Hearts (Gauteng)

08/08/2010

15h30

Quarter Final

Tuks (Won)

3

-

0

Croesus (Gauteng)

09/08/2010

12h30

Semi Final

Tuks (Won)

2

-

1

Maindies (Limpopo)

09/08/2010

15h30

Final

Tuks (Lost)

2

-

4

Falcons (Gauteng)

 



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