Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Excitement builds up as women football returns

‘Botswana Women Football is the future and the path to the world football.’ These sentiments were uttered by Botswana Football Association National Executive Committee Women representative, Lobito Ncube as she shared the excitement of the return of women football leagues.

“Women football seems to be our path or our way to the world cup. Even with no football being played anywhere, the girls always gave their best and brought hope amongst us. Now imagine if we have a well-organised league where more players can be scouted, it means more improved competition and a possibility that we will put smiles mo Batswaneng,” Ncube enthused.

“I am excited and I promise you will see something that you have never seen this season. When we unwrap what we have been packaging, it will show you and Batswana that women football is the future and face of local football,” she promised.

Ncube added that ‘the league will give the girls the needed competition to excel.’

Asked what they are going to do to make sure they attain the milestones they have set themselves, she said ‘the best way is for Women Football leadership to package it properly and make it more interesting and make sure we present a product that everyone will want to see.’

“We have conducted courses that are tailor made to improve our teams and we will conduct more to reach every administrator around,” she explained.  “However, the administration should be sound, all clubs should take this project seriously and make meaningful contribution and commitment to be of a higher level.”

“Let everyone stand and be counted. Let everyone come forth, assist each other and advice each other to make sure we succeed as a collective than just individually. Working together as a unit will see women succeed,” Ncube said. 

Ncube described the return as a great development which needs to be closely guarded and guided to its intended objectives. “It puts back on track our mandate to promote women football in line with FIFA and CAF developmental objectives to make sure the girl-child is not left behind in the sports and in this case football,” noted Ncube.

She said it brings joy to her that women football leagues and activities are back again and this time with the aim to make it bigger and better. “Football is a collective effort sport, in this case we need all structures to stand firmly in making sure we work together as a team to put football in the forefront especially women football,” she advised.

Regional Women leagues are expected to play leagues across BFA regions. The league is sponsored by Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) and it will be called DTCB Women’s Football League. It is expected to start in February and end in May. A total of fifty-five (55) teams will partake in the 2021-2022 DTCB Women’s League. The winner will play in CAF Women’s League Championship.

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