5 July 2020 – Former Banyana Banyana midfielder, Lydia Monyepao has added her voice in praising the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for creating the CAF Women’s League championship.

Last week, the CAF executive announced that as from next year, the continental body will run a Women’s Champions League tournament, similar to that of men’s tournament.

SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan and NEC member Natasha Tsichlas have come out to praise this initiative saying it will take women’s game to the next level.

Monyepao who briefly was Banyana Banyana manager from 2012-2014 said not only will this league create a more competitive environment but most of Africa’s players will be scouted by top overseas clubs.

“This will in turn make Africa’s game grow to the next level if most of our good players ply their trade overseas,” said Monyepao.

She said the creation of the Women’s championship will force most countries to organise proper domestic leagues, which in turn will solidify the women’s game continentally.

“This is a win-win situation all round. There is motivation for Member Associations to create vibrant women’s leagues knowing the potential of playing on the continent is exciting for every player,” she added.

“The CAF Women’s championship will also create a huge pool for coaches to choose national players from as more and more women will now get involved in the game.”