First Touch Academy coach John Hlako says the Maimane Alfred Phiri Games were a good platform for his players to test themselves ahead of the upcoming national women’s football league.

The Limpopo side was crowned this year’s winners in the Ladies section of the tournament in Alexander on Sunday after defeating TUT ladies 2-1 in the final.

For their efforts, the Academy won a trophy, gold medals and R85 000.

Hlako says his team is not too far from their peers.

The Academy are Limpopo’s representative at the upcoming national league, and Hlako believes they have an edge over their opponents because of their non participation in the games.

Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis was present at the final and Hlako says most of his players made a good impression on the coach.

The Academy are a regular contributor in the senior team with the likes of Noko Matlou and Lebogang Ramalepe in their books.

Hlako could not reveal the names of the girls that impressed Desiree Ellis on Sunday.

– Report by Lethabo Kganyago