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Women’s football league will kick off after huge cash boost

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The finer details and the structure of the National Women’s Soccer League will be announced at the launch in August

Banyana Banyana announce the squad that will be playing against Jamaica, Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has named her squad of 26 players to take part in the the 2019 friendly that will take place in Durban at Moses Mabhida stadium on 07 April 2019. Next to her is SAFA Pres Danny Jordaan and Ethekwini Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng ANA

SOUTH African Football Association (Safa) has allocated R10 million for the National Women’s Soccer League.

This was announced by the president of Safa, Danny Jordaan, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban yesterday.

The women’s team have been the shining light of the nation over the last couple years.

In fact, though Banyana recently lost in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, they still managed to qualify for their maiden World Cup in France in June.

“If we want the success of Banyana Banyana to continue then we must have a national league,” said Jordaan.

“We want to launch that league after the World Cup. Probably on the 9th of August because it is Women’s Day.

“We have already set aside R10 million for this league as a contribution to set that league on its way.

“To put away the doubts, it is going to happen. We’ve allocated R10 million and that league will kick off,” Jordaan added.

The finer details and the structure of the National Women’s Soccer League will be announced at the launch in August.

“The amazing thing is that women who are playing in the neighbouring countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola and Mozambique are already enquiring, ‘Are you going to allow foreign players to play in your league?’ They are waiting for us to say yes.

“It will bring so much excitement and expectations. That is part of wanting sustainable success at the level of Banyana,” Jordaan continued.

Meanwhile, Safa has also submitted the bid to host the 2023 World Cup.

“We’ve submitted the bid for the World Cup for 2023,” Jordaan told the gathered media.

“We have to do two things. We have to strengthen that league in getting it off.

“Secondly, we did talk to the coach to say how many of those players we will be playing in the World Cup in our country if we are successful, so that we can have a majority of those players in 2023.

“We are also looking at the bigger picture.

This success is because of one company and that is Sasol,” added Jordaan.