South Africa launches professional women’s league

The South African Professional Women's League gets underway on Saturday with three blockbuster fixtures

After years of negotiations, planning and funds juggling, South Africa will this weekend finally launch a Professional Women’s Football League.

The league will kick off on Saturday with three blockbuster fixtures, with the second set of three fixtures taking place on Sunday.

This is where a lot of Banyana Banyana players that are still based in the country will be strutting their stuff.

The experience in the league will be a lot as the different South African national teams have all been doing well in international tournaments.

Banyana are the biggest achievers, having participated in their first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup this year after finishing third at the recent AFCON and recently won the COSAFA Women’s Championship.

To kick things off this weekend, Bloemfontein Celtic will take on the University of the Western Cape as national team coach Desiree Ellis will be on the lookout for fresh talent.

SAFA’s Acting General Manager for Football Business Mzwandile Maforvane said it is all systems go for the start this weekend.

“What we will see this weekend is the result of tireless work done by the Association. We have been preparing for weeks and months because we know we have to put together a good product and we anticipate great interest. Fans in and around Soweto to come out in their numbers in support of the women’s game.

“For the league to be a success, we need all stakeholders, which include media and fans to show their support and assist in taking the league forward,” Maforvane said.