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Female Bosses In Mzansi

Football is a male-dominated sport and it's not surprising that the beautiful game is predominantly run by men, however, a few ladies have also called the shots in the South African football fraternity. 

Today, Fan Park crew has pulled up a couple of names to take a look at ladies who have contributed to the development of the game in Mzansi 

Manto Madlala
Commonly referred to as ‘Sis Manto’ by the players, because she's a combination of a sister and mother figure to the players. Ms Madlala, an accountant by profession, is the chairperson of NFD side Golden Arrows, a team she co-owned with her late brother Rocky Madlala.

Under her leadership, Golden Arrows were crowned the 2009 MTN8 Cup champions and her team has one of the greatest development structures in the country.

Arrows were relegated to the National First Division last season, however, her boys are hoping to make a quick comeback to the elite league as Abafana Bes'tende are currently at the summit of the NFD standings. 

Natasha Tsichlas
Affectionately known as the Iron Lady, because of her strong stance in a male-dominated sport. She was the managing director of Mamelodi Sundowns in the late 90's when the Brazilians went through a golden patch, winning three consecutive league titles before Patrice Motsepe, a mining magnate, took over at the Chloorkop-based side. In 2013 she was appointed the chairperson of Safa's technical committee.

Ria Ledwaba
This stylish lady owned Ria Stars, who campaigned in the PSL at the beginning of the new millennium. However, in 2002, 'Manyora', as her side was fondly known, was one of the teams bought out for R8 million by the league in order to reduce the number of PSL teams from 18 to 16 in an attempt to lighten fixture congestion. Even after her team was no more, Ria was never lost to the beautiful game as she is currently Safa's head of delegation.

Clearly these ladies have achieved a lot in football. Do we need more ladies in the higher echelons of soccer?


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