PLAYER PERSPECTIVE: SHUAIB WALTERS Follow on Twitter
The PSL awards took place on Monday evening. If you didn’t watch it, you missed out on a scene filled with excitement, boasting glamorous attire, entertainment and an amazing ambience.
I must thank and applaud the organisers of the event for doing a great job, as everything was very well organised. It was really a memorable occasion especially because my team mates, Lebo and Aubrey brought home some heavy artillery….. hahahaha (trophies). Well done boys; you’ve made us all so proud!! I also want to congratulate all the winners on the night, all well deserved.
PSL awards,we already won.. pic.twitter.com/F6KtDLiGbm— shuaib walters (@shuaibwalters) July 10, 2017
An announcement that really caught my attention recently - which went largely unnoticed amongst the news on transfer windows, new signing, pre-seasons and the PSL awards - was the news of Safa’s plans to bring in a national woman’s league.
What a breakthrough for woman’s football in our country!
This is long overdue as we have many brilliant talented female footballers and I feel that this can only elevate this talent to another level.
In my view, this has been the missing structure in woman’s football in South Africa. It has meant that players have been needing to seek opportunities elsewhere and/or have been playing at an amateur and semi pro-level locally while being expected to compete with the best in the world in major events.
This league will provide the tools and experience for female footballers in South Africa to compete at the different levels rather than being catapulted from one level to another.
A league of this nature will also spark more interest in woman’s football as there would be more opportunities for this to be a fulltime career for aspiring football players.
Hopefully the creation of the national woman’s football league will also open doors for more female match officials in the national league.
Another promising update from Safa was on the focus of soccer development at school level. Safa plans to work harder at implementing development programmes at school level and an important part of this strategy is to attract more woman players, coaches and administration.
These developments, if properly implemented can only be to the benefit to our game.
Lastly, Teko Modise has officially joined Cape Town City! I know your talent and years of experience will be invaluable to the club. Welcome on board mate!
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