SportPesa ambassador, Doctor Khumalo shares his views on the current state of local football in South Africa. We have seen much improvement within the structure of the league, and that should be celebrated.
“Since the inception of the South African Football Association National Women’s League, I don’t think we’ve made enough noise about this wonderful initiative at all! I think we need to commend SAFA on a job well-done in making sure that a system has been devised for women’s football at a national level. This augurs well for our game because the national league creates a wider pool for the national team coaches to select from, while it also creates more opportunities for our girls to be scouted and selected.
“This will really come in handy for everyone and it was long overdue. Now we can even watch the girls on television and that’s impressive. I saw one of the teams with a 14-year-old and I was blown away because that’s what we need to see more of. These are the right age groups to start introducing our players to the senior team and it looks like the Women’s League is leading the way. The formation of this league brings an awareness of the great job SAFA have done to pull this off without any major sponsor coming on board yet. You must understand that there’s no relegation threat for any of the teams for the next two seasons, which will give everyone enough time to get familiar with the demands of league football. Slowly but surely, this league will get to where the Association wants to see it. The league will ease the lack of competitive game for our ladies, which always affected them badly whenever they were called up to the national teams for instance.
“What’s also nice about this initiative is the fact that all the regional tournaments that they used to play in will have more coaches and scouts attending to scout for players, instead of them playing in front of their own coaches only. There’s going to be more exposure on all fronts and that can only help to improve the game and create opportunities for our ladies. All the coaches will also have enough time to monitor players before they call them up for national duty or try to sign them for their respective clubs. Players will also have a platform to market themselves to bigger audiences and showcase their God-given talent. The games are live on television and I have seen a number of talented players since I started watching the Women’s League. There’s a lot of talent out there with great tactical understanding and ability. This league is going to help in terms of what we have been lacking and, like I said, it will ultimately help our game a great deal. There are women’s football powerhouses like Bloemfontein Celtic, Tshwane University of Technology, Mamelodi Sundowns and others who are expected to continue with their good work of looking after women’s football,” Doctor Khumalo added.