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Nomsa Mathontsi
Nomsa Mathontsi has been training with the South African senior women’s football team since Monday (03/02).

Whether she takes to the field or not, being part of the senior national women’s soccer team is already an accomplishment, says Nomsa Mathontsi. 

The BAdmin student in Economic and Management Sciences has been chosen for the Banyana Banyana squad for the first time. They face Lesotho on Sunday, 8 March 2020 in an international friendly in Johannesburg. There could be two Kovsies on the field, as Mating Monokoane, another University of the Free State student, was selected for Lesotho’s team. Both of them are midfielders.

The 21-year-old Mathontsi, who has been part of the Kovsie football team since 2018, says it will be a dream come true for her to wear the national colours. “Even if I don't get to play, I will still be proud of myself for being able to take on the challenge of going to camp and giving myself a chance to show my talent.”

“We have been together since Monday, 2 March 2020 and it has been the best experience, especially the fact that football has put me in the high-performance centre (South African Football Association girls’ academy), and now I get an opportunity to be with Banyana for the first time.”

“I was shocked when I got the call, but excited to face the challenge because it's never easy to get a call-up to Banyana, you need to work for it,” she says.

According to Mathontsi, who grew up in Mamelodi, Pretoria, her first love was athletics, but that changed during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
“I was an athlete back in primary school and it just so happened that I was selected to play football, which I never really enjoyed. I also had the opportunity to be part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup ceremonies, where I developed a love for football.”

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American delegation visits UFS Centre for Plant Health Management (CePHMa)
2007-03-28

The Centre for Plant Health Management (CePHMa) in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) hosted visitors from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Agents and Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in the United States of America (USA). Opportunities to establish co-operative research, training, outreach programmes and student exchange activities in southern Africa were discussed among others. From the left, are:
Prof. Zakkie Pretorius (Department of Plant Sciences at the UFS), Mr Matthew Lewis (Virginia Cooperative Extension), Ms Mary Ann Hansen (Virginia Tech), Prof. Wijnand Swart (Chairperson of CePHMa at the UFS), Ms Robyn Whittington (Virginia Cooperative Extension), Prof. Schalk Louw (Department of Zoology and Entomology, UFS), Prof. Erik Stromberg (Virginia Tech), Dr James Allemann (Department of Soil, Crop and Climate Sciences, UFS), Mr David Moore (Virginia Cooperative Extension) and Prof. Neal McLaren (Department of Plant Sciences, UFS).
 

Media release
Issued by: Lacea Loader
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl@ufs.ac.za
28 March 2007
 

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