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Safa vice-president to embark on roadshow to pave the way for Women’s League

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Ledwaba has full confidence that the highly anticipated inaugural national women’s league will kick off by next year

Ria Ledwaba SAFA Vice President during the SAFA celebratory Press conference on 13 June 2018 at SAFA House Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

During the next few weeks Safa vice-president Ria Ledwaba will embark on a countrywide series of provincial women’s football meetings where the organisation will discuss the way forward for women’s football in anticipation of the introduction of a professional women’s national league next year.

A spokesperson from Ledwaba’s office said the provincial meetings will serve as a platform for club owners and relevant stakeholders involved in women’s football to express any grievances they might have experienced in their own Local Football Associations (LFAs) and chart how they can move forward from those experiences.

“These could be an administration issue or questions regarding players not being called up to our national team setups and so on,” the spokesperson said. “We want to know what they are experiencing so that we can come up with proper strategies and move forward.”

Numerous meetings

The first provincial meeting will take place on Monday August 13 at Zororo Lodge in Polokwane, followed by numerous meetings over the next few days. Ledwaba will be in the Northern Cape on Saturday August 25 for the meeting which will be held at the Orange River Hotel in Upington at 10am.

Ledwaba, on her part, said that she had full confidence that the highly anticipated inaugural national women’s league will kick off by next year, should everything go according to plan.

“We have been speaking to a whole lot of potential sponsors to join us on this massive project,” Ledwaba said. “The NEC has given us the go-ahead to have the league up and running by next year and we are excited about that. However, with that said; there are still a whole lot of things involved to get such a massive project under way.

“For one, should it be a 12-team league or a 16-team league for example. And how are we going to get all teams playing against each other throughout the country? These are examples of some key areas we need to finalise first before we can get this league up and running and in perfect order,” she added.

The dates, times and venues
for the upcoming women’s provincial meetings are:

August 13 (3pm): Zororo Lodge in Polokwane, Limpopo

August 14 (1pm): The Ridge Casino in Witbank, Mpumalanga

August 18 (11am): Safa Lecture Hall in Bloemfontein, Free State

August 19 (10am): Cricket Club in Buffalo City (East London), Eastern Cape

August 21 (4pm): Safa House in Johannesburg, Gauteng

August 23 (4pm): Lona’s Hotel in Mafikeng, North West

August 24 (6.30pm): UWC at Athlone Stadium, Western Cape

August 25 (10am): Orange River Hotel in Upington, Northern Cape

August 26 (10am): Gooderson Tropicana Hotel, KwaZulu-Natal