First Touch Academy captain Noko Matlou believes the past international women’s break interrupted the flow of form for some sides in the SAFA Women’s National League.

Matlou was speaking on the back of her side’s 2-2 draw with Coal City Wizards this past weekend at the University of Johannesburg sports complex.

Matlou says the break was wisely used by clubs that did not have players involved in the international duty.

The Academy is sitting in ninth position on the SWNL log, with a point from two encounters. The Banyana Banyana international says the Academy needs to work harder in defence.

The 33-year-old says the teams in the National League are stronger than those in the Sasol League adding that is one of the reasons the Limpopo side still has not registered a win.

The former African Woman Player of the Year also added her voice to the fight against xenophobia and gender based violence. Matlou calls for unity on the continent. – Report by Lethabo Kganyago