By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
THE second edition of the Absa Women’s League national championships kicks- off on Women’s Day (August 9) in North West with nine provincial teams battling it out for the title.
The official opening and closing ceremonies of these of this much anticipated event on the women’s football calendar will be held at Itsoseng stadium, with the rest of the matches taking place at the University of north West’s Mafikeng campus.
The move to take these championships to North West is said to be Safa’s campaign to press ahead with their objective to take the beautiful game to the people, and Safa central as a host region, is working tirelessly to get supporters from mafikeng, Itsoseng and the surrounding areas to attend this football festive of women.
“The introduction of the Absa Women’s League has accelerated the development of women football in the 52 Safa regions. Our national Under-17 team has made history by becoming the first women national team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, and as outlined during the inception of the absa women’s League in February 2009, we see this league as an important platform to identify and groom Young country-wide. Our mid and long term goals is to have Basetsana and Banyana Banyana also representing the country in that level,” said Sedibe.
Absa group executive, marketing Angie Burton said they are anticipating an exciting second edition of the Absa Women’s League’s national championships in the North West province.
“We are proud to see how much this league has grown, and with so much going on for our country, this is a hugely exciting time for women’s football.” said Burton
Banyana’s coach, Augustine “Mthakathi” Makalakalane said that last year’s national championships had been a wonderful opportunity for his technical team to identify players for the national teams.
“Five young girls have been selected to play for the country at this year’s FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago due in September,” explained Makalakalane.
North West’s director general in the department of sports, arts and culture, Titus Seboko has since promised that his department will organise some buses from all the four regions to ferry fans to Itsoseng stadium in the final match on August 14.