“I think is a good thing that the South African Football Association (SAFA) started the National Women’s League (SNWL). However, I think they didn’t really take time to plan on it.”
These are the words uttered by Banyana Banyana legend, Portia Modise.
“For me, I feel that SAFA just started the league for the sake of doing something for women.”
The SAFA National Women’s League (SNWL) finally took off on Saturday, August 24, at the Nike Training Centre in Soweto, Klipspruit after it had been postponed for a number of times by SAFA.
Modise, who is a former Banyana prolific goal scorer says that SAFA can do better.
“We still don’t have information about the league, it is just broadcast on SABC,” she told FARPost.
“We don’t really know anything about the games, teams, players and sometimes we visit the internet and we don’t see any solid information.”
“Other teams still travel for 58 hours to play 90 minutes, I think we could do more, SAFA can go on and ask other companies to invest – those playing in Cape Town and Durban can get to their games with a fresh pair of legs… just put an effort towards women’s football.
“I feel that they are not putting enough effort to promote the National Women’s League.
“Probably it will grow but at this rate, we are going nowhere,” said Modise, who has 124 Banyana caps. The Soweto-born is the only African player to score a century of goals for the national team at an international level.
The 2005 Women’s FIFA World Player of the Year award nominee went on to state that some of the women’s players’ depend on their families, ‘which is rather ‘unfortunate’.
“Women still can’t play football at a professional level, that’s it why you still get players who have to work some extra job besides playing in the Women’s League.”
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi