7 August 2012

South Africa: Semi-Finalists Decided in the AWL National Championships 2012

Free State will face North West in the first semi-final of the 2012 Absa Women's League National Championships, while Gauteng will take on KwaZulu Natal in the other semi-final encounter.

Both matches will take place on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 at the AR Abass Stadium in Kimberly, Northern Cape, the venue of the group stage matches.

The winners of the semi-finals will contest the final on Women's Day - Thursday, 9 August - at the Galeshewe Stadium, which will be preceded by the third-place play-off.

Gauteng finished top of Group A with 10 points from four matches. In their last game, they defeated Western Cape 4-1 with goals coming from Mavhungu Manyanya, Agnes Manzini and a brace from Kgomotso Pule, while Nicole Makoe replied for Western Cape.

North West claimed second spot in the group with seven points.

In a dead rubber, also played on Tuesday, Northern Cape beat Mpumalanga 2-1.

Hosts Northern Cape ended their campaign in third place with six points and Western Cape was fourth with three points, same as the fifth-placed Mpumalanga.

In tight-contested Group B, Free State topped the standings with seven points after brushing aside the challenge of KZN 5-0 in their last game. Two goals from Shiwe Nogwanya and one each from Jemina Tau, Noxolo Magudu and Amelia Molelangoane ensured victory for Free State.

KZN finished second with four points, one more than third-placed Eastern Cape while Limpopo ended with just two points.

This means Northern Cape, Western Cape, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and Limpopo have all been eliminated from the tournament.

A total of 67 goals were scored in the group stages with Gauteng top scoring with 13 goals, followed by North West on 12 and Free State on 11.

Mpumalanga had a porous defence, letting in 13 goals, while Western Cape and Northern Cape conceded 12 and 10 goals respectively in Group A.

Free State's Nogwanya is the current leading goal scorer with seven to her name. Palesa Mvala of North West, Agnes Manzini of Gauteng and Meliza Kruger of Northern Cape are tied on four goals each.

Six players, Dikome Tshenolo (North West); Lerato Mahamutsa (Mpumalanga); Mavhungu Manyanya and Kgomotso Pule (both Gauteng); Sandisiwe Nohayi (Eastern Cape) and Sthembile Shange (KZN), have found the back of the net three times each.

Teams:

Group A

Group B

Northern Cape

Limpopo

Western Cape

Free State

Mpumalanga

Eastern Cape

North West

KwaZulu Natal

Gauteng

Results from Day 5: (Tuesday, 07 August)

Free State

5 - 0

KwaZulu Natal

Eastern Cape

2 - 1

Limpopo

Gauteng

4 - 1

Western Cape

Mpumalanga

1 - 2

Northern Cape

Standings after Day 5

ABSA WOMEN'S LEAGUE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP A 2012 - 2013

FRANCES BAARD

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Points

1

Gauteng

4

3

1

0

13

4

9

10

2

North West

4

2

1

1

11

5

6

7

3

Western Cape

4

2

0

2

8

10

-2

6

4

Northern Cape

4

1

0

3

7

12

-5

3

5

Mpumalanga

4

1

0

3

5

13

-8

3

ABSA WOMEN'S LEAGUE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP B 2012 - 2013

Group B

Pos

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Points

1

Free State

3

2

1

0

12

3

9

7

2

KwaZulu Natal

3

1

1

1

3

7

-4

4

3

Eastern Cape

3

1

0

2

4

8

-4

3

4

Limpopo

3

0

2

1

4

5

-1

2

Fixtures for Day 6: (Wednesday, 08 August)

13h00

Free State v North West

(Winner Group B)(Runner-up Group A)

15h00

Gauteng v KwaZulu Natal

(Winner Group A)(Runner-up Group B)

NB: In the event of a draw in the knock-out stages, there will be no extra time and penalties will be taken to determine the winner.

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