Westiville Ladies central midfielder Ayanda Nkabane has urged the South African Football Association to afford fair chances to all football players.
The 30-year-old, who has been very instrumental to her side’s great form in the Sasol KwaZulu Natal League, reckons that there is much that she can achieve in football besides playing.
Westiville Ladies are currently top of the log in stream A with 12 points after four games and they have scored 22 goals already.
“Fair opportunities should be given to young girls to emancipate them, pay them the same salaries as males. But I know it won’t be the same, because women’s football is not taken seriously in South Africa,” said Nkabane.
“There are a lot of challenges like being discriminated for being a woman in football, you are expected to play like men. There is also an issue of less chances of being recognized as a best player in South Africa.
“At my age I’m not looking to play for the national team anymore, but I want to help my team to get promotion so that the young girls can grow in football. I have been very passionate about football ever since I was young and I’ve realized that it’s one sporting code I love a lot. In terms of fitness we are not bad, we train as a team. It’s just that we started late and we don’t train everyday.
“So far we can manage because we have a group of good players, when one gets tired there are options on the bench,” she added.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter