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All-girls’ Praslin tournament a success
« on: April 05, 2007, 09:05:51 AM »
YOUNG aspiring female footballers from Praslin and La Digue have proven to be equally eager, talented and resourceful as their counterparts from Mahe as they turned up in large numbers over the weekend to display their football skills.

This happened during a tournament at the Grand Anse Praslin playing field Saturday March 31 and which saw the participation of four teams from Praslin and three from La Digue.

The La Digue ‘A’ team grabbed the honours after emerging as winners of the five-a-side tournament. They defeated Praslin C 2-1 on penalties in the final as the match had ended on a 1-1 draw after normal time.

Two players who appeared in the final were singled out for their fine display and performance throughout the competition. La Digue’s Joanna Rose won the tournament’s best player award, while Stefi Stravens from Praslin got the most valuable player (MVP) trophy.

Other individual prizes dished out by the organisers went to Tahiri Agathine (Praslin, best goalkeeper) and Belstania Sophola (Praslin, best defender). There was also special mention for Jossyna Ladouce (La Digue) and Anifa Payet (Praslin).

The tournament was organised by the Seychelles Football Federation’s (SFF) women’s football committee in order to unearth talents from the two islands.

The trip has proven to be worthwhile as it revealed how football is much liked by young ladies living on Praslin and La Digue.

The committee is working on increasing the number of young girls involved in the game of football here and the tournament on Praslin was used to tap into the potential that the islands have to offer.

A similar tournament was organised for young girls from Mahe early in March and it is hoped that the young ladies’ enthusiasm to become future footballers will help revive the sport here.

SFF’s representative on the women’s football committee, Elsie Ernesta, told Sports Nation, after the tournament on Praslin, that “the level of enthusiasm displayed by the young ladies has led those who saw them in action to change their opinion about women’s football on those two islands.”
She added that in its report to be handed over to the SFF executive committee, the women’s football committee will make a formal request that an all-girls academy be set up on either Praslin or La Digue to get the young players to stay motivated.

Some of the players from Praslin and La Digue have been added to the country’s pre-selection who is preparing for the Commission de Jeunesse et des Sports de l’Océan Indien (CJSOI) Games to be held here in 2008.