30 June 2020 – SAFA Acting CEO Tebogo Motlanthe has praised CAF’s decision to establish a Club Women’s Champions League, saying it is a huge boost for women’s football in our country and on the continent.
SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan who serves as third vice president of the continental football body and deliberated on this matter among various other matters, was equally delighted by the decision.
Advocate Motlanthe, said this is a major milestone in the Association’s Vision 2022 blueprint and expressed his delight with the decision.
“This will be a major boost for SAFA’s National Women’s League (SNWL) and for women’s football in general in our country. I also would like to pay tribute to SASOL for their support of women’s football over the last 10 years.
“These milestones for SNWL and CAF Club Champions League could not have been realised without SASOL’s huge support,” said Motlanthe.
SAFA’s chair of the Women’s Football Committee, Emma Hendricks, and Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis were both excited at the latest development in CAF with regards to women’s football.
“This is a huge boost for women’s football in general and I believe this will make our national teams more competitive,” said Hendricks.
Ellis said by participating on the continent, women’s football in the country will go a notch up.
“This can only help our national teams to grow from strength to strength and I would like to wish inaugural champions Mamelodi Sundowns all the best,” said Ellis.
Mamelodi Sundowns will become the first South African club to participate in both the male and female versions of the CAF Club champions League.
“We hope that the newly crowned Sundowns women team will emulate their male counterparts in the Champions League competition. This is a great credit to the investment of the Motsepe Foundation in schools, youth and women’s development,” concluded Motlanthe.