Cosafa’s general secretary Sue Destombes strongly believes that the Cosafa Caf Women’s Champions League tournament underlines the associations’ commitment to women’s football in the region.
The fixtures and start date of the Cosafa edition of the competition are yet to be confirmed but the inaugural Caf Women’s Championship will be staged in Egypt in November this year.
South African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies look set to represent the country in the competition. The Tshwane giants will have to win the Cosafa edition before meeting teams from the other regions.
“We are incredibly excited to stage our first Cosafa Women’s Champions League, which will be a chance for the leading clubs in the region to not only lift a prestigious trophy but also take their place at the continental finals,” said Destombes.
“Adding to our senior women’s championship and the junior events in the under-17 and under-20 age groups, this new competition enhances our commitment to women’s football and advancing the sport in our region.
“We only have to look at our national teams to see the enormous talent in Southern Africa and I am quite sure that our club sides can make a big impact at the CAF Women’s Champions League in the future,” she added.
Both Fifa and new Caf president Patrice Motsepe have targeted growing women’s football in the coming years and the Cosafa competition is a big step forward for Southern Africa in this regard.
“We want women’s football, in the period of my presidency, to be significantly growing, progressing, and prospering,” once stated Motsepe.
“Someone was saying to me, we could actually have an African nation winning the Fifa Women’s World Cup before we have a male team doing so.”
By FARPost Reporter