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THE days of Banyana Banyana and other national women's soccer teams playing second fiddle to their counterparts in Nigeria and Ghana could soon be a thing of the past.
Sowetan has learnt that Safa is working on an ambitious plan to introduce radical changes to revolutionise women's soccer in the country.
For years the Super Falcons of Nigeria and Ghana's Black Starlets have monopolised soccer on the continent. The two West African countries have consistently qualified to represent the continent at the Olympics and Fifa World Cup.
Nomsa Mahlangu, Safa women's soccer convenor, said: ."There is a programme we are working on with regard to the development of women's soccer. It will start with the African Women's Championships, which we will host in October."
"We are using the 2010 Fifa World Cup to capitalise on the preparations for the African Women's Championships and we are starting now because World Cup fever has gripped the country.
"The financial support we are getting from Sasol is highly appreciated because it helps us to organise training camps and matches for our national teams to be in great shape.
"Our immediate challenges are to ensure that Banyana Banyana qualify for the 2011 World Cup in Germany and 2012 Olympics in England.
"It is disappointing that none of our women's national teams here featured in any of the global competitions but there is always a first time.
"The African Women's Championships are played here at home and we need to be in the final because the two top teams are the ones who will qualify for the 2011 World Cup," she said.