By PRECIOUS RAJANE
FOOTBALL fans in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal will be treated to an action galore when nine provincial women’s club representatives take each in the national championships of the Absa Women’s League.
The competition is scheduled for August 4-9 at Eskhawini townshi, the venue which hosted the SAB Regional League (then Castle Regional League) national championships back in 2003.
The tournament which marks its third edition has tremendously grown from 600 participants to 700 and it has in the past produced players for both the national Under-20 and few in the senion team, Banyana Banyana
ABSA sponsorship manager, Stewart Masela said that ABSA has invested in life skills program, where they conduct workshops for the players to help them grow in and out of the field.
“We are creating a pool for the national team to have players they can choose from, we teach them about financial fitness and taking care of their health in our workshops.”
Masilela added that, the more exposure the tournament gets, the more other women want to participate.
“We are travelling around the country, so that more players can be developed and we want more people to be aware of the tournament,” he said.
The two young players who were spotted during the tournament, Robin Moodley and Yola Jafta, now playing for Banyana, are looking forward to the All Africa Games which will take place this month and stressed that players must give their all when playing during the tournament.
“Potential is found there, the competition is tough but you will never know who is watching, so a player must work hard to be recognized,”said Jafta.
It remain to be seen if Gauteng will successfully defend the title which they won last season during the play-off held at Itsoseng outside Mafikeng, North West. The team has since been nominated for the Team of the Year category at the Gauteng Sports Awards.