Women are making strides in football on the African continent both on and off the field as the South African Football Association highlights the outstanding achievements of female athletes and leaders.
Recently making headlines, Hollywoodbets Super League Champions, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, took an emphatic 3-0 victory over Zimbabwe’s Black Rhinos in their final bout of the 2021 TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League – COSAFA Qualifiers, to join other regional champions in Cairo, Egypt for the inaugural CAF Women Club Champions League tournament.
SAFA wished Sundowns Ladies well ahead of the CAF Club Women Championship, saying: “We wish Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies all the best in their pursuit for the first star of woman football in South Africa. Mamelodi Sundowns can make history by becoming the first club on the African continent where both men and women teams become continental champions.
“Globally, it is only Barcelona teams who have both the UEFA Champions titles in both men and women and Mamelodi Sundowns can emulate the Catalans.”
Meanwhile, FIFA Secretary-General, Fatma Samoura paid first visit to the country and SAFA House in Johannesburg where the organisation presented an update on Vision 2022.
The national administrative governing body indicated to the FIFA delegation that they increased women administrators in football structures from 30 to almost 500 with five women serving on the NEC of SAFA, two of which serve as Presidents of the regions and all regions having women as Vice-President.
SAFA also appointed Lydia Monyepao as the COO and Amanda Dlamini as the Commercial Manager.
“We informed FIFA that both Lydia and Amanda are former Banyana Banyana players and both of them finalised their academic qualifications with the help of the World Cup Legacy Trust, with Lydia holding a Masters’ Degree in Sports Management.
SAFA added that all women national teams are coached by women.
The FIFA delegation acknowledged the improvement of the quality of football because of the introduction of the Hollywoodbets Super League.
SAFA pointed out that the national women’s team have claimed 6 victories in the COSAFA Cup.
“Banyana Banyana have been champions 6 times in COSAFA and have won back-to-back 4 titles in the past four years and qualified for the FIFA World Cup in France in 2019.”
Banyana Banyana are currently ranked third in Africa.
Photo 1 Caption: Women are making strides in football on the African continent both on and off the field as the South African Football Association highlights the outstanding achievements of female athletes and leaders. Photo: SAFA (website)