That fixture took place on Saturday, 4 September when Thinasonke Mbuli's squad journeyed to East London, where Thunderbirds Ladies awaited them. In the previous clash this season, back in May, Thunderbirds made life difficult for UWC before Noxolo Cesane eventually scored the only goal with 20 minutes to play. Not too dissimilarly, last season both clashes ended in draws so the ladies in blue and gold would have been expecting a tough battle at Jan Smuts Stadium.
As it happened, goals from Abongile Dlani, Sduduzo Dlamini and in-form Sibulele Holweni handed UDubs a rather comfortable three points - maintaining their fourth place on the log standings behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns (who sealed their progression to the 2021 CAF Women's Champions League on the same day via the COSAFA Qualifiers), TUT Ladies and JVW.
The next day, Mbuli, Holweni, Cesane and Regirl Ngobeni headed into camp with Banyana Banyana ahead of the upcoming Aisha Buhari Cup in Nigeria. Following the cancellation of the high-profile friendly against the Netherlands (because of COVID-19 complications), this was to be goalkeeper Ngobeni's first full experience with the senior national team.
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Once in Nigeria, Ngobeni served as deputy for former UWC goalminder Kaylin Swart in both matches. Holweni started and scored (as did another UDubs alum in Thembi Kgatlana) in the 3-0 victory over Ghana on 17 September during which Cesane came off the bench. Four days later, In the tournament decider against Nigeria in Lagos, all three current UWC players were named as replacements. Holweni made it on the field in what became a famous 4-2 victory against the Super Falcons which will be spoken about for many a year.
There were more national interest celebrations the next day when Kay-Dee Windvogel and her Basetsana teammates celebrated a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Mozambique in the first leg of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup qualifiers out in Maputo [Fikile Magama and Tiffany Kortjie did not make the final travelling squad]. The return fixture is set for 8 October in Soweto.
The hope is that their will be more celebrations in October, not only for the Under-20 team but also Banyana Banyana as Cesane and Holweni have retained their places in the squad for the COSAFA Women's Championship taking place in Gqeberha.
SEPTEMBER 2021 RESULT AT A GLANCE
|4 September||Thunderbirds Ladies||3-0||Away||Abongile Dlani, Sduduzo Dlamini, Sibulele Holweni|
HOLLYWOODBETS SUPER LEAGUE LOG SNAPSHOT (as at 30 September 2021)