Banyana Banyana legend Portia Modise is on a mission to develop, unearth new talent and improve the women’s game in South Africa through her new foundation, the Portia Modise Foundation.
“It is about time we make a change in women’s football. The foundation is about changing lives and creating opportunities for women in sport,” Modise told FARPost at the launch of her foundation in Dobsonvile, Soweto on Saturday.
Modise’s former Banyana teammates such as Khabo Zitha as well as Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies goalkeeper Andile Dlamini conducted a coaching clinic for children from the age of 10 shortly after the launch at the event.
“I want to close all the gaps in terms of women’s football and make the lives of women easier as I know we are struggling. And I am not saying I am going to change the whole situation but slowly but surely, I am going to try to help,” added Modise, who retired back in 2015 and now mentors girls to pursue their football careers.
The outspoken Modise is eager to make a difference to a girl child and her biggest desire is to witness women in sport, more especially footballers get the same respect and treatment as their male counterparts.
“As the Portia Modise Foundation, we are going to attempt to find the sponsors. At the end of the day, it is not even about us, it about the upcoming generation. We need to reduce the challenges and ensure that gender equality she said.
The former SA Sports Star of the Year award recipient is one of the best footballers to come out of Africa with over 100 goals in Banyana colours. She is the first African player – male or female – to reach the elusive 100-goal barrier in international football.
A legend of the game, Zitha felt the need to help Modise as she strongly believes the initiative will eventually change many lives.
“It is proper for me to support Portia as it shows that women can stand for themselves and give back as legends.”
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