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Kenya will send a total of four swimmers to the Fina World Championships in Korea. The championships are set to take place from July 12- July 28. The swimmers reached qualification times after competing at the Swimming Nationals trials at the Aquatic Stadium in Kasarani, Nairobi last weekend. Channel Africa's Rachel Makhura spoke to Conrad Thrope who is the Secretariat of the Swimming Kenya Federation about the championships and also the current state of swimming in Kenya.
South Africa’s national women’s football team will take on Jamaica in their final home friendly fixture ahead of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The clash is set for the Moses Mabhida Stadium in South Africa's Coastal City of Durban. The match is a chance for coach Desiree Ellis to fine-tune their preparations for their first ever world cup tournament. Channel Africa's Rachel Makhura spoke to coach Desiree Ellis.
South Africa's national women's football team (Banyana Banyana) are set to play Jamaica in their penultimate international friendly match ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup. Banyana Banyana hosts the Reggae Girlz at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province on the 7th of April. Both nations are heading to their first World Cup and are using the match as part of their preparations. The match will also be used as a farewell fixture for Banyana Banyana as this will be their last game on home soil before the world football showpiece in France. Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk is happy with the opportunity of playing a nation heading to the world cup.
South Africa has been announced as the hosts for the 2023 Netball World Cup, with Cape Town as the host city. It is a historic first for the sport and the country with the tournament coming to South Africa and Africa for the very first time. South Africa beat four-time world champions New Zealand for the hosting rights for the quadrennial showpiece. It’s four years before the world showpiece takes place, and with South Africa lacking a professional netball league, it is going to be vital for a professional league to be up and running, this according Dumisani Chauke, former player and current U21 netball team coach.
Former captain of South Africa's national women's team Amanda Dlamini honored to be involved with Africa 5s league
Amanda Dlamini, former captain of South Africa's national women's football team says she is honored to be involved with the Castle Lager's Africa 5s social football league. Dlamini was on Monday announced as the first ever female ambassador for the tournament. She will spearhead the female league of the five-aside tournament. She joins the tournament's official ambassador; African football icon Samuel Eto'o. This is the first ever five aside female league on the African continent, and Dlamini knows the importance of her involvement.
Africa's leading wheelchair tennis player Kgothatso Montjane, has joined forces with leading sports brand NIKE. Montjane and NIKE have singed a three year sponsorship contract that will see her and her coach Gerald Stoffberg, sporting Nike apparel both on and off the tennis court. The South African who is currently in Australia preparing for the start of the Australian Open wheelchair tennis tournament, says she is thrilled to be associated with such a bug brand.
South Africa's national netball team kick start their world cup preparations with the 2019 Quad Series taking place in Liverpool England from the 3 - 20 January. This is the sixth Netball Quad Series contested by four of the five highest ranked nations in netball. The Spar Proteas take on world champions Australia on the 13th of January. They then take on the current Commonwealth champions England on the 19 of January before going up against the second world ranked side, The Silver Ferns of New Zealand on 20th of January. Its world cup year and captain Bongiwe Msomi knows that a great start to the year will up their confidence ahead of the world showpiece.
Kgothatso Montjane, South Africa's number 1 wheelchair tennis player is looking at getting her season off to the best possible start. The world ranked number six is currently in Melbourne, Australia to compete in a number of tournaments. Montjane will take part in the Bendigo Open, an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super Series event from 9-13 January followed by the Melbourne Open, an ITF level 1 tournament to be staged from 15-19 January. She then will move to the first Grand Slam of the year- the Australian Open set to take place from 23-26 January. Despite the tricky preparations, Montjane speaks about the importance of her Australian tour.
Janine Van Wyk, captain of the South African national women's football team has hinted that the just concluded Africa Women's Cup of Nations tournament, where the team finished as runners ups might have been her last tournament. South Africa secured their maiden qualification to the Fifa Women's World Cup next year. Van Wyk made her debut for the national team back in 2005. She also confirmed that she will not be returning to her American club Houston Dash as she turns her focus towards the FIFA Women's World Cup in France next year.
Nigeria’s national women’s football team were again crowned African champions for a record 9th time , this after beating South Africa 4-3 on penalties in the final of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations tournament at the Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana on Saturday (1 December). This triumph continues to show Nigeria’s un-doubtable superiority on the continent . Channel Africa’s Rachel Makhura spoke to our Nigerian correspondent Tony Ubani.
In emotional scenes, South Africa’s national women’s football team- Banyana Banyana were greeted by a jam-packed OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday night filled with adoring fans after clinching a silver medal at the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations Tournament and as a result qualifying for their maiden Fifa Women’s World Cup which takes place in France next year. Among those in attendance was team Sponsor Sasol's Group Brand Marketing Manager Nozipho Mbatha, who spoke to Channel Africa’s Mosibudi Makhura.
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