Safa had decided to initially stage all the national games in one venue to save the clubs on travel and related logistics.
On Saturday afternoon, Northern Cape team Richmond United will run out against Durban Ladies FC in their eighth appearance in the new Safa National Women’s League in a game being contested at the Soweto Nike Centre Stadium starting at 3pm.
The match will be the first beneficiary of a recent live broadcast agreement that was struck between the national broadcaster and the national Department of Arts and Culture to show such games live on SABC’s premier sports channel, SABC 1. The move will help the club’s many followers in De Aar and elsewhere to see their queens in action.
The details were published on Safa’s website.
Richmond United is presently rock bottom of the league log after managing only one win after seven starts. Richmond played their first game at home last Sunday at the Umziwabantu municipal stadium in De Aar where Golden Ladies beat them 1-0.
Due to logistical challenges faced by each club, Safa had decided to initially stage all the national games in one venue to save the clubs on travel and related logistics.
Even though United’s situation looks dire at this stage there are assurances that the team that ends at the bottom of the pile will not necessarily be relegated at the end of the season. This is to allow the teams to acclimatise as well as to build up the number of participating teams in the new league.
Instead, two national Sasol League play-off winners will be promoted to the National Women’s League this year and a further two in the follow-up year to make up the numbers for the intended 16-team league.