Guguletu’s Football Twins Want To Make Name For Their Hood By Cheryl Roberts

23 Aug

They started out playing kasi football in their hood Guguletu. This was when they were ten years old. Today, seven years later at aged 17, the Cesane twins Noxolo and Sinoxolo are already playing age group football for South Africa.

Noxolo and Sinoxolo are some of South Africa’s talented girl footballers. They play for champion team Cape Town Roses where they are coached by primary school teacher, coach Madikane. Both girls represented South African under 17 girls football team when they were 15 years old. That was in the African qualifiers for the under 17 world cup. Last year, at 16 years old, they were the youngest players in the SA under 20 team.

‘We love football,’ says Sinoxolo Cesane. ‘It’s our passion and God-given talent. I play to make myself happy, my family proud and my community.’ Twin sister Noxolo says she, too ‘plays for the love of the game.’

Such was the talent of the twin girl footballers that both players were selected to attend SAFA’s in house high performance centre in Tshwane. The girls spent two years there, training daily. This year they returned to Cape Town and their Guguletu-based school and club, Cape Town Roses.

Although just 17 years old, Noxolo was this season appointed captain of Cape Town Roses and has already kept Cape Town Roses unbeaten and at the top of the A Stream of the Western Cape Sasol League.

Both girl footballers relish the dream of one day playing in a world cup championship and also a women’s football team outside of South Africa.

‘It’s my dream to play in a world cup with the world’s best teams and players,’ says Noxolo Cesane. ‘Mine, too,’ says Sinoxolo Cesane. ‘I want to see how I play when I’m playing against the world’s top teams,’ adds Noxolo. With the twins turning 18 in October they have this year and another two years to represent SA under 20 women’s football. Hopefully, SA will qualify for the 2020 under 20 women’s football world cup and the girl footballers will have their world cup dream realised.

The girl footballers go to school and after school they attend football training on the sandy patch of ground that doubles up as a football ground at a primary school in Guguletu. This they do daily. Should coach Madikane be delayed with school work, the twin sisters step up and assume the role of coach, helping out with getting the training session started. Its there on the field, with about 20 school girls attending football training, that they all participate in the sport they love and play out their sports dreams.


Over the weekend, its football matches and the Cesane twins know it’s about engineering play to score goals and win matches. Because that’s what they do best and that’s how Cape Town Roses has managed to win the Western Cape league seven out of eight times in the past 8 years.

They have also performed exceptionally well in the national playoffs that every year brings together all provincial league champions to play in one national tournament. Since they were 13 years old, Noxolo and Sinoxolo Cesane have been playing in the national playoffs, representing Guguletu, Cape Town, the Western Cape and their club Cape Town Roses. In 2013, Cape Town Roses lost in the semi-finals, in 2014, they won the national title, in 2015 they lost in the finals, in 2016 they didn’t qualify for the national tournament but came back in 2017 to reach the finals, yet again. Noxolo Cesane, particularly was an outstanding player at the national championship, winning several awards at the playoffs over the years. And the teenage twin girl footballers were part of the team at all these national play offs.

For now, the girl footballers’ lives are centered on school, football, family and church. Both footballers would love to play for a club outside South Africa. ‘Its not for the money, that I want to be abroad,’ says Sinoxolo. ‘It’s to have more football experiences and to see how I’ve developed from playing kasi football.’

Player scouts and agents are already showing interest in the talented girl football internationals. But nothing can be concluded nor signed until their high school education is complete. It’s quite likely that the girl footballers could be offered a football scholarship to the USA or a development contract for a pro club in China or Europe.

‘We love our football, too much. We don’t like to miss training or playing matches,’ says Noxolo. ‘And we proud of our club Cape Town Roses and what we have achieved. Our families are happy we playing sport. Now we want to get better and make our families and community proud and win for our team. We also want to inspire the smaller girls in our team, for them to know they can also play good football for a champion team,’ says 17 year old Noxolo Cesane, captain of Western Cape women’s football champions Cape Town Roses.

‘And I must say we are very proud of our coach. That is coach Madikane who coaches our team and makes us a champion team,’ says Sinoxolo Cesane.

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