SAFA to award Downs Ladies R500 000

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Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies will receive half a million rand for winning the inaugural edition of the SAFA National Women’s League (SNWL).

Sundowns ladies clinched the first edition of the SNWL title without tasting defeat with a perfect record of 21 wins in their 21 league games and the South African Football Association have confirmed that they will reward the champions for their efforts.

“The NEC has declared the league final, we are going to have a small event where we honour those who performed well in that league and also give the champions their prize money and their trophy,” the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SAFA Tebogo Motlanthe told the South African Journalists’ Association (SAFJA) in a Zoom press conference.

Sundowns Ladies head coach Jerry Tshabalala also confirmed to FARPost that they received the news via email from the association.

According to Motlanthe, SAFA initially budgeted R1 million for the SNWL to be shared by the teams that finish the season in the top four.

Tshwane University of Technology (TUT Ladies) ended their campaign in second place, followed by Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies and First Touch Academy in third and fourth place respectively.

“Sundowns will be getting R500 000 and positions two, three, and four, all in all the total prize is a million rand which will be divided between number one to number four,” – Motlanthe. Picture: Mamelodi Sundowns. 

“The second season of the SNWL preparations are already underway, of course, we as SAFA even though the situation of Covid-19 has posed a lot of challenges, we first need to properly award the champions and player’s players of the season so we are going to close that season officially.

Downs Ladies will represent South Africa in the first edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League tournament to start in 2021.

“As far as the second season (SNWL) is concerned, the preparation are well ahead. Ma-Indies and JVW have been promoted and they will be taken through the induction. Now it means that we have another two.

“Remember when the league started we had said up until the league reaches the full complement of 16 teams we will not be relegating we will be promoting,” concluded SAFA’s Acting CEO.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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