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Women's League scores for equality

By unknown | Feb 16, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The launch of the Absa Women's League on Saturday was an inspiring day, if a little overdue.

The launch of the Absa Women's League on Saturday was an inspiring day, if a little overdue.

Safa and their backers launched the league in Soweto amid excitement and choruses of "at last".

We cannot help but salute Absa for ensuring that the foundation is laid and the basics are attended to.

Even though players like Desiree Ellis, Joanne Solomon and Anna Monate have laid the foundation for the likes of Portia Modise, Lenah Mosebo and Noko Matlou to play overseas and command respect from their opponents, our football controlling body seemed slow to realise that women also deserved to get a piece of our so-called rich football industry.

Meanwhile, the men continue to get the lion's share of the football loot (you all know the figures) - and I am all ears if anybody wants to tell me what they have achieved lately.

Just three weeks ago, Raymond Hack did not bat an eyelid when he informed me that there would be no incentives for the women's senior national team, Banyana Banyana as, to loosely quote him, "they were playing for national pride". This about a group of girls who beat notable powerhouses en route to a silver medal in Equatorial Guinea.

There's nothing I would not give to be a fly on the wall if and when Hack tells one Benedict McCarthy to play for national pride.

Not long after that extraordinary statement, Hack announced that Amajita players were each getting R40 000 for coming fourth after making the semifinals stage of the African Youth Championship.

We respectfully call upon Hack to have another look at the situation - and decide what this says to women footballers about their effort and time.

As for the Absa Women's League and the soon to be launched Sasol Provincial League, we are hopeful they will unearth the next Matlou or Modise.

We are looking forward to the organisation announcing the appointment of a proper media liaison officer, whose responsibility it would be to get as much publicity as possible for these players and their matches.


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