National Women's League needs R40m to kick-off - Ledwaba

The South African Football Association (SAFA) needs about R40million to run an efficient national women’s league according to the organization’s Vice-President Ria Ledwaba. As part of the R97million that was distributed from the 2010 World Cup legacy trust last week, the inaugural national women’s league which is expected to kick-off on the national women’s day (9th August) was allocated R10million. The women’s league was said to be struggling to attract sponsors but different reasons were provided for the delay. Ledwaba remains adamant that come the kick-off time, they will be ready. Ledwaba has also revealed that the club which will be involved in the inaugural season of the national women’s league will have to go through some compliance manuals, to maintain the desired standards for this league. After Banyana had finished second to Nigeria at the African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Ghana last year, there were calls for SAFA to ensure equality between Banyana and Bafana Bafana in terms of remuneration. As we head to the Women’s World Cup, this is likely to dominated the headlines again. Ledwaba says this is simply based on the commercial support each team receives.