TS Galaxy founder and Chairman Tim Sukazi feels there is a dire need to empower women through football as they do not get to be afforded the same opportunities as their male counter parts.
Sukazi was speaking through the club’s live Instagram platform on Wednesday.
Not only are ‘the Rockets’ the only club in the Premier Soccer League who have cheerleaders during official matches but they also run an official cheerleaders programme in which they accommodate and take to school ladies from less privileged backgrounds.
“The programme is centered on three pillars which is young women upliftment, education and skills development,” he said.
“Ultimately the girl child would benefit in the same, if not the better way, than their male counterparts through the platform of a professional football club. Because I have said before boys can play the game if they’ve got talent now girls can go through this programme and be better people as well,” added Sukazi.
“In sports, particularly in football I would say without any fear of contradiction that Women are marginalized in my view,” he added.
“They don’t have as much opportunities as their male counterparts so it goes a long way to address all these issues so in the immediate future we will have women coming through the programme, having gone through the platform or taken an advantage of the professional football club, who are successful in life.”
The Kameelrivier-based, Mpumalanga club purchased a GladAfrica Championship status from Cape Town All Stars in 2018, 12 months later they became the first team from the lower division to win the Nedbank Cup after defeating Kaizer Chiefs in the Final.
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