LINDELANI LADIES PUMPED UP FOR PROMOTION!

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Safa president Danny Jordaan (middle) is flanked by the federation’s COO, Lydia Monyepao, Gerald Don, Sasol’s Nozipho Mbatha, Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis, Amanda Dlamini and vice-president Gladwin White during the League National Championship draw yesterday.Photo by Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix
Safa president Danny Jordaan (middle) is flanked by the federation’s COO, Lydia Monyepao, Gerald Don, Sasol’s Nozipho Mbatha, Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis, Amanda Dlamini and vice-president Gladwin White during the League National Championship draw yesterday.Photo by Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

LINDELANI Ladies FC will rely on their home ground advantage to push for promotion to the Hollywoodbets Super League when they take part in the upcoming Sasol League Championship finals.

The championship finals will be held at KwaZulu-Natal’s Princess Magogo Stadium and King Zwelithini Stadium where nine teams will battle it out for promotion from 6- 12 December.

Lindelani Ladies wormed their way to the finals with victory against Sunflower FC, who were favourites to reach this stage of the competition.

Their coach, who doubles up as chairman, Nkosinathi Vilakazi, said they are not at this stage by pure fluke, but they deserve to be among the best.

Vilakazi said perseverance is the order for success.

“We have been trying for the past years, and now we are here, it is our time to shine,” he said.

“It was not easy from the streams, we faced strong opponents, and the challenges prepared us enough. We were able to defeat favourites Sunflower. Now we have to win.”

The KZN Sasol League champions were pitted in Group C alongside Ixias (FC Free State) and Copperbelt Ladies (Limpopo).

The champions of the nine provincial teams will walk away with a cool R200 000 prize money while runners-up will pocket R100 000, and both will earn promotion to the Super League.

There’s a R60 000 consolation prize for third-placed side.

Safa chief operations officer, Lydia Monyepao, said fans won’t be allowed at the games, except for finals the final where 2 000 spectators will be accommodated on 12 December.

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