Women’s league on the way

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - SPORT - MIHLALI BALEKA

AF­TER her ten­ure in the United States, Jer­maine Seo­posenwe wanted to come back home and ini­ti­ate the changes she en­vi­sioned in women’s foot­ball.

Four years ago, Seo­posenwe left Africa to pur­sue her in­ter­ests in foot­ball and aca­demics at Sam­ford Univer­sity in Alabama. And boy, the Capeto­nian-born for­ward made that op­por­tu­nity count.

Dur­ing her stay there, she won many do­mes­tic league cham­pi­onship­sand be­came Sam­ford’s all-time lead­ing scorer with 39 goals, and won back-to-back South­ern Con­fer­ence Player of the Year awards.

Ear­lier this year, of­fers from Nor­way, France, Hun­gary and Swe­den came knock­ing, but one from mar­ket­ing mag­nates Lev­ergy was more lu­cra­tive. Lev­ergy, through their part­ner­ship with Sasol, put a se­lec­tion of Banyana Banyana play­ers on a one-year-in­tern­ship pro­gram that en­ables them to learn the cor­po­rate side of sport.

“I want to be a voice for women’s foot­ball in this coun­try,’’ she ex­plained.

“There was a time when I would jump at op­por­tu­ni­ties to play abroad but the more ma­ture you be­come, you re­alise that there’s a lot more to life. It has been a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence be­ing part of the Lim­it­less pro­gram be­cause I am not only see­ing through the tun­nel vi­sion of a foot­baller’s side but I get to see what Lev­ergy and Sasol does on a daily ba­sis for the team to get there.”

Upon her re­turn to Mzansi, not only did she put her Busi­ness De­gree to good use but she also con­tin­ued with her foot­balling ca­reer, join­ing JVW Girls.

The 24-year-old foot­baller re­turns to the coun­try as Safa prom­ises to launch a pro­fes­sional Na­tional Women’s League in April 2019. She ex­pressed her ex­cite­ment in the ini­tia­tive but is also mind­ful of the how it will be ex­e­cuted.

“I am ex­cited for it to be launched but I am look­ing at a long-term growth, we can’t be fly-by-nights and be sold dreams,” Seo­posenwe in­sisted.

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