The Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) will welcome back the Provincial Women’s Football Team that went to Germany as part of an exchange sport programme tomorrow, 2 August 2017 at the East London Airport and they are expected to land at 11:30. The main purpose for sending off the women football team was to expose them to Sport Development trends and competing at an International level.
Within the 10 days the team has learnt how to play football on a more organised manner from club level up to provincial and technical aspects of football as well the exchange of cultural diversity and friendship values. Whereas the Germans appreciated the songs sung by the girls, including their dance moves, as they would request them wherever they would go to sing the Xhosa chants (amagwijo).
The football team played against a fourth division team - SV Union, the second division team – SV Meppen and Delmenhorst on which they won 1 out of 3 games.
The coach of the team Ms Douleen Whitebooi appreciated the time she spent coaching the girls and playing against the German teams, “German football has a disciplined and consistent approach to the game. They have infrastructure and a good community supporting structure,” said Whitebooi.
For most of the girls it was the first time out of the country including the captain of the team Andisiwe Ndesi, “It was the great 10 days of my life since it’s the first time I am playing out of the country. The few days I was here has been an eye opener, learning how to adapt to a different environment and seeing how people from other countries live. I have made new friends and improving the way we play football,” said Ndesi.
These football players were selected according to their performance at the trials that were held in 8 districts of the Eastern Cape (EC) by the South African Football Association (SAFA), EC.
The provincial Government of the Eastern Cape and the Government of the German Federal State of Lower Saxony on 20 October 2015 signed a Joint Declaration of Intent in Bhisho to foster socio-economic development, foreign investment, and cooperation in areas of technology, sport, HIV/AIDS and tourism in their respective Provinces.
This partnership is largely focusing on the International Voluntary Service sports exchange programmes between the landessportbund Niedersachsen and the DSRAC, where football teams, coaches and team officials exchange different techniques and opinions on how to improve competing with each other.
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