Safa National Women’ League (SNWL) teams are set to resume training after having been given the green light by South Africa’s governing body for football on Wednesday.
The Association’s confirmation is the best of news for women’s football in the country ahead of the new SNWL season, even though how they’ll partake in some sort of competition hasn’t been clarified yet.
In a letter sent to all the National Women’s League teams, Safa’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tebogo Motlanthe said training will restart under strict health measures amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Finally! SAFA has given us a green light, to begin with, training with immediate effect in preparation for the resumption of the National Women's League
— UWC FOOTBALL CLUB (@UWCFootball) February 3, 2021
The full letter reads as follows:
Re: RESUMPTION OF TRAINING FOR SAFA NATIONAL WOMEN`S LEAGUE TEAMS
“I refer to the above and advise that after taking into account that teams in the Safa National Women`s League had been inactive for more than ten (10) months and with the majority of players for our senior national team, Banyana Banyana coming from National Women`s League Teams.
“It is imperative for players to begin training with immediate effect in preparation for the resumption of the League and participation.
“The Association would like all teams to adhere to the safety and health protocols during the training sessions to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus. Each team to appoint a compliance officer as a prerequisite prior to the commencement of training.
“We thank kindly for the anticipated support.”
ADV. TEBOGO MOTLANTHE
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
The commencement date of the new season Women’s League season is yet to be confirmed but the league has expanded from 12 teams to 14 teams with the newly promoted JVW FC and Ma-Indies joining in for the 2020/21 campaign.
Mamelodi Sundown Ladies are the defending and inaugural champions of the league. Jerry Tshabalala’s troops won all league games last season and subsequently qualified to play at the first-ever Women’s Caf Champions League next year.
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