Women’s League Turns to Fifa

| April 28, 2015

Since losing the ATampT Monnakgotla sponsorship, the Women Super League has struggled to make ends meet, which has resulted with some teams failing to honour matches.

To address the problem of the entire women football structures, Botswana Football Association (BFA) applied for the FIFA’s women’s football development programme.

According to FIFA website, the women’s football development programmes offered member associations multifaceted support ranging from expertise, teaching and promotional material, football equipment and financial assistance.

The programmes, which were on offer for four years strived to encourage and create competition opportunities at all levels for women and girls.

In total, there are nine different types of programmes for member associations to choose from which focuses on four main areas of football development – competitions, management, education and promotion.

The BFA president, Tebogo Sebego said the association was working to have a three year project that will be mainly focusing on women’s football. He said they had submitted a proposal to FIFA through its regional office for consideration.

Sebego said after receiving their proposal, FIFA sent a consultant to Botswana to look at the status of women football in the country. “The consultant came and met various stakeholders, like women football teams, committee and at the end of it all she met me. From there, FIFA will look at our application in the background of her suggestions,” Sebego said.

Sebego said after the consultant presentation there might be recommendation from FIFA that BFA would need to deal with in order to ensure that whatever assistance they receive from FIFA would be beneficial to women’s football.

He said his association was trying to put more emphasis on women’s football hence they came up with a specific solution that would help to addressing the challenges.

Quizzed on why the BFA took so long to utilise the FIFA programme, he pointed out that before asking for assistance they needed to empower women football through their constitution.

“Real empowerment has to come through recognition, and one of the things that I had proposed which were finally endorsed was to make women football an independent structure which is at par in status to the regions,” he said.

Sebego said now that they have that structure in the constitution, they need to get projects for women football so that it is up and running.

Talking of non-availability of Women Super League sponsorship,’ Mara’ as he is called in football circles, said efforts are being made to secure a sponsor.

Currently, the women’s league is played with nothing at stake for the winners, which soccer pundits say is something that demotivate teams and has resulted in them failing to honour fixtures.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Human Rights

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