The South African Football Association (Safa) have announced that the Sasol Women’s League can now be played after a year of inactivity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The league is set to kick off this coming Saturday, 10 April.
This South African semi-professional women’s league gives over 3600 female football players the opportunity to participate in regular competitive football throughout the year.
“We cannot hide our excitement to see the girls back on the field, where they belong. Our role as Sasol is to help grow and develop women’s football in South Africa, but unfortunately, Covid-19 denied us, and the players, that chance,” said Head of Brand and Sponsorships – Sasol Nozipho Mbatha.
“It feels so good to know that we can now resume with our mission of giving support to the Association to grow this game.
“Before the pandemic, we used to conduct annual roadshows, which were a crucial part of the season where the Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis was able to interact with local coaches as part of skills transfer done through workshops in various provinces.
“For now our focus is on returning to action and as time goes on, we will revisit all the other programmes that are linked to the League.”
It goes without a doubt that the league has produced some of the notable footballers who went to play for Banyana Banyana and have successful careers overseas. Talking about the likes of Janine van Wyk, Refiloe Jane, Keslo Peskin, Thembi Kgatlana, Noko Matlou, Amanda Mthandi, Linda Motlhalo, Sweden, Rhoda Mulaudzi and Lebo Ramalepe.
Safa CEO Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe added that: “The Sasol League is an integral part of our strategy to see a successful Banyana Banyana. We want nothing else but to see women’s football grow even more, and with the League returning to action, we will rest assured that women’s football will not be left behind.”
“We have witnessed several Banyana Banyana players move abroad, and we have to admit they got their foundation from the Sasol League to become household names. We are positive that the Senior Women’s National Team will be further strengthened by the players returning to football as this will help the head coach identify more good players.”
The 2020 season was halted and cancelled in March last year with only three games had been played.
Please note that the following provinces will kick off the leagues on the 10th of April 2021
a) Eastern Cape
b) North West
d) Free State
e) Northern Cape
The following provinces will kick off the leagues on 11 April 2021
Only one province will kick off the league on 30 April 2021
a) Western Cape
a) Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal, Free State, Northern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga have two (02) streams.
b) North West, Gauteng and Western Cape have one (01) stream.
At the end of each season, the Sasol League concludes with the Sasol League National Championship, which pits the country’s top nine teams (each a provincial winner) against each other with the winner being crowned the Sasol League National Champion. Each team gets some prize money.
As there was no conclusion to the 2020 Sasol League season, JVW FC from Gauteng is the reigning champions after lifting the trophy in 2019.
They defeated Ma-Indies of Limpopo 2-0 in the final of the Sasol League National Championships in Tsakane, Johannesburg.
Winners of the Sasol League National Championship (2009 – 2019)
• 2020: SEASON CALLED OFF (due to Covid-19)
• 2019: JVW FC (Gauteng)
• 2018: TUT Ladies (Gauteng)
• 2017: Bloemfontein Celtics Ladies (Free State)
• 2016: Bloemfontein Celtics Ladies (Free State)
• 2015: Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies (Gauteng)
• 2014: Cape Town Roses Ladies (Cape Town)
• 2013: Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies (Gauteng)
• 2012: Palace Super Falcons (Gauteng)
• 2011: Palace Super Falcons (Gauteng)
• 2010: Palace Super Falcons (Gauteng)
• 2009: Detroit Ladies (Mpumalanga)
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By FARPost Reporter