Personal Account: Mmangwato Mabusela

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My name is Mmangwato
Mabusela, a female referee from Soshanguve in the north of Gauteng (Tshwane). I have been involved with
soccer for more than 10 years. I work for the South African Post Office as a
Computer Operator.

20070901PAMMabusela2.jpgMy involvement with
soccer started in 1996 when I was still studying at Technikon Northern Gauteng.
In 1997, I was chosen to be the secretary for the TNG ladies team and in 1998 I
was voted to be the chairperson for the team; that was a good experience.

I quit playing soccer
in 2001 after my knee injury. With the love and the connection that I have for
soccer, I joined the referees so that I can still be involved with soccer. In
short, I can say, soccer is part of my life.

Being a referee is
not an easy job, you need to have the love and the heart for the sport to
survive. Most women, they fear to ref because of the discriminations they get
from other players in the field.

Other males, they
find it difficult to accept that women can handle the game, they keep on saying
that "Women’s job is in the kitchen, not on the playing field, and soccer is
for males, not for females."

Not all of them are
like that, some they appreciate and enjoy the good work we are doing.

Currently, I am doing
games in Vodacom division league. I ‘d like to see female referees being
promoted to the upper leagues like Mvela and the PSL league.

The earlier we get
the workshops, the better: This will improve the standard of female referees in
our country. The last workshop for female referees was in 2003, and since then
we never had another one.

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We only have four CAF
female referees in the country. This is not enough, especially for the country
that is going to host the World Cup, we need to be an example to other African
countries.

I love what I am
doing and happy to be doing it. Being a referee is an opportunity, and I want
to challenge and invite other females to join us.

To keep myself fit at
all times I exercise: During the week I go to the gym, and over the weekend I
run marathons.

What I will like is
to see female referees being exposed. The public must know about this beautiful
work we are doing. With the talent and experience that I have, I believe I can
do well for my country.

The only thing I need
is the chance to prove it and to be discovered. This is a chance for women to
do it for themselves.

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