It’s time SA in­vested in their women

African Independent - - SPORT - THOMAS

NFD, the win­ners take home US$20 000 should be cause for con­cern.

Be­fore I di­gress, I think Banyana’s fail­ure in Cameroon should in­sti­gate a re­think from the club bosses across South Africa and if they are gen­uine and have the in­ter­est of women’s foot­ball at heart, then it is their prerog­a­tive to act now and stop pay­ing lip ser­vice.

Imag­ine a match be­tween the ladies of Kaizer Chiefs and Sun­downs, or in­volv­ing Or­lando Pi­rates, played as a cur­tain raiser to ei­ther a Mul­ti­choice Diski Chal­lenge or a Premier League match?

South Africans com­plain that crowds have dwin­dled in the PSL but per­haps it is time to en­tice fam­i­lies back to foot­ball by in­tro­duc­ing es­tab­lished women’s teams into the game and maybe that could be the shot in the arm Banyana need to be more com­pet­i­tive on the world stage.

Al­ge­ria Ap­pear­ing in Africa for the first time, they reached the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup fi­nal, los­ing 5-2 over­all to TP Mazembe, de­spite win­ning only two of 10 matches and scor­ing only four goals.

DRC Win­ning the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tion Cup brought a happy end to a sea­son that be­gan with a Caf Su­per Cup win over Etoile Sa­hel of Tu­nisia be­fore their de­fence of the CAF Cham­pi­ons League came to an early end when elim­i­nated by Wy­dad Casablanca of Morocco.

Egypt While chair­man Mor­tada Man­sour hired and fired coaches, the ‘White Knights’ some­how man­aged to reach the CAF Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal for the first time since 2002 be­fore com­ing off sec­ond best against Mamelodi Sun­downs.

Zam­bia Few out­side Zam­bia thought the Ndola-based club would reach the group stage of the CAF Cham­pi­ons League, never mind the semi-fi­nals. – MONTHATI MOTAUNG

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