Ria admits to Women’s football challenges

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Just a few days following one of the most embarrassing situations involving the inaugural SAFA Women’s National League, SAFA Vice President Ria Ledwaba has conceded that there are challenges.

SAFA were left with an egg on their face after a match between First Touch Academy and University of Johannesburg in Polokwane was delayed by 90 minutes due to the unavailability of referees.

The players had to wait 90 minutes for the referees to arrive for a recent match.

Although the association managed to rectify things by securing referees from the Local Football Associations, they were further embarrassed when 6 match officials arrived and had to argue on who should take over.

That situation was resolved, and the match eventually kicked off but Ledwaba says those kind of incidents are unacceptable and who ever is responsible need to be held accountable.

“I have been told (of that incident) and I can show you my phone now. I actually sent a message to the Ladies to say this is totally unacceptable and it can only happen probably to Women’s football. Let’s address this so that this kind of things eventually cannot happen in our football especially when we are talking about a professional League.

“This is a national League that everybody is looking up to and there are a lot of exceptions from that League. The people who were responsible for the mess got to be accountable,” said Ledwaba, who is also a national organiser for the League.

Although the league has reached its 11th round into the season, the association is yet to reveal the prize money for the winners.

Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies currently lead the with 33 points followed by TUT and Bloem Celtic Ladies with 26 points.

By Ofhani Munyai

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