The recent election of Ria Ledwaba as the South African Football Association’s first ever female vice-president is an indication of the FA’s intent in advancing women’s football in the country.
Speaking to the Siya crew, the newly elected official said that she plans to use her new role to inspire the progression of football not only in South Africa but on the continent.
“I want to use my role as vice-president to inspire and drive women’s football forward,” said Ledwaba.
“SAFA must be at the forefront of women’s football. There aren’t many women who hold senior executive roles in the various FA’s across the continent. If we are going to see such a transformation then we need to make this mandatory.
“Those were my sentiments at the recent CAF Women’s Football Symposium in Morocco. I want to help inspire this move,” she added.
Ria Ledwaba who was recently in the Northern Cape attending a major SAFA-supported football tournament along with several SAFA National Executive Committee members received the full backing of SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan at the recent NEC Electoral Congress.
Ledwaba has already begun making headway in preparing SAFA for their bid for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.