Limpopo Safa Women’s League teams, Ma-Indies and First Touch Academy received donations of more than 25 items from sports apparel brand Selaki Sports and Leisure, who are also founders of Monflair.
The items given to both teams include training kits, tracksuits, coaching clipboards, golf shirts, soccer balls just to mention a few.
Ma-Indies are the new queens on the block having gained promotion to the women’s league during the national play-offs in December 2020.
Meanwhile, First Touch Academy finished fourth in the Safa National Women’ League last season.
Selaki Sports and Leisure owner Mahlako Mahapa says this is only the beginning of greater things as they aim to continue with this kind of initiatives moving forward.
“You know, as a woman business owner in the sports industry if I were to go without recognising that women athletes and women’s sports development is so underfunded in the country and globally, then I will be failing to recognise women as a whole. So for me, this is the little bit of the contribution I feel is a start where I recognise what needs to be done and let me be the change that needs to happen,” Mahapa told the media.
“Every time when we have the opportunity and capacity to take this initiative to other parts of the province we will definitely do so. We have been involved in other sporting codes, not just only football. This is the beginning of greater things as far as sports is concerned.”
She went on to praise how women’s football is growing in the country and vowed to continue to strive for change in women’s football.
“I think women’s football is growing as sporting code in South Africa, and if we were to look at our national senior women’s team outshine our men’s team. However, it’s just a pity that they [Banyana Banyana] are not getting the recognition they deserve despite their good work,” She added.
Mahapa is impressed by the way the brand is growing so fast as they are now sponsoring two teams in the DStv Premiership and four clubs in the GladAfrica Championship.
“We are grateful for the hard work we have put in to say this is where we are right now,” she says in conclusion.
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