A few days after announcing that Hollywoodbets is the new official main sponsor of the Women’s National League, the South African Football Association (Safa) have revealed the prize money for the 2020 season.
The second edition of the Women’s League is already underway with First Touch Ladies at the summit of the standings after four matches. The champions will take home R2-million and runners-up R1-million. Then the rest will get R150 000.
The historic partnership between Safa and the betting company is set to give women football players in the country an opportunity to realise their cherished dreams, dazzle soccer fans with their skills and give their audiences an opportunity to see their heroes in action every week.
It is also set to benefit coaches and administrators through workshops, where they can sharpen their skills to help bridge the gap between grassroots soccer, top-flight football, and the national team.
“For the first time, the National Women’s League has a commercial partner. This investment will further help us to strengthen the clubs in order to accelerate the growth and development of professional women’s football in our country,” said Safa SAFA President Danny Jordaan on Tuesday in a press conference.
“To Hollywoodbets, we welcome you as a partner. Thank you very much, this is a great day for us, for the players, for women’s football in South African. We are really excited about this collaboration which we think is definitely a game-changer.”
Meanwhile, Safa CEO Tebogo Motlanthe believes the Association’s new partnership will galvanise women’s football in all aspects. “The numbers are set to skyrocket and financially, this relationship will help our women footballers,” he said.
“Many will now see football as a professional entity, and we will see an increase of players going overseas to make a career out of football. With Hollywoodbets having occupied such a critical space, football among women players will never be the same.
“We must also thank our broadcast partners, the SABC who share our vision in elevating women’s football. Without a doubt, this is to date the single largest media platform provided to Women’s sport in South Africa, added Motlanthe.
Hollywoodbets has invested R17 million in the league and become the first-ever commercial partner of women’s football in South Africa.
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By FARPost Reporter