It will be a while yet before the Northern Cape team can actually host a home game in Richmond.
Richmond United Football Club, the Northern Cape’s sole representative team to the new National Women’s Football League, on Wednesday received a welcome boost of attire and equipment valued at around
R250 000 from the provincial department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) in their hometown.
The handover of the equipment was overseen by DSAC MEC Bernice Sinxeve and the ceremony also came with pledges by the provincial department to assist the team with high-performance facilities in Kimberley in order to better prepare them for their stint in the new league.
The team has thus far played two games in the inaugural season of the women’s league losing the first game against Mamelodi Sundowns 7-0 in Soweto on three weeks ago, before registering their first win against Tsunami Queens last Saturday.
Their next game will be in Limpopo against Witbank-based Coal City Wizards on Sunday at 3pm.
It will be a while yet before the Northern Cape team can actually host a home game in Richmond. For now, cost-cutting by Safa as well as the standards of stadia for broadcast purposes dictates that they play at venues determined by the national association.
The league has also been helped by the undertaking by the national broadcaster to televise all of their matches, and, as an added bonus for supporters, entry to games is free.