Women’s soccer grinds to a halt

2011-10-22 18:41

Even the launch that was supposed to have been held last Tuesday

has been postponed indefinitely.

The South African Football Association (Safa) has been engaged in

unending meetings with all the stakeholders including the 144-member clubs and

the sponsors since last week.

Last week’s two-hour meeting with club owners averted a planned

protest march by the clubs that was scheduled for last Saturday.

Coming out of the meeting, the clubs pronounced it fruitless and

vowed to boycott the start of the league programme.

Clubs’ spokesperson Lemm Mogale said the situation meant the league

would not go ahead as planned.

He said they wanted Safa to revise their current R20 000 season

grant per club which totals R2.8 million overall.

The clubs are demanding R10 000 monthly allowances which would see

the amount shoot up to a whopping R12.96 million over nine months.

They claim R20 000 is way too little as it is expected to cover

weekly expenses for transport, food, referees’ travel fees and other logistics

for the whole season.

Clubs also want Safa to scrap the R5 000 registration fee, Mogale


“We will not play until our demands are met. We want them to pay

the referees fees and not expect us to raise R250 for the referees every week.

Do they really expect us to survive on R20 000 for nine months?

“They take women’s football for a ride,” said Mogale.

Safa had already issued invitations for the 2011-12 Sasol League

launch for Tuesday and had to dish out cancellations.

Safa CEO Robin Petersen said the meeting was constructive.

“Some of their proposals won’t be easily resolved, however, we can

still work together and come up with solutions and reach the goals. I still have

to meet with the competition’s committee and present their proposal,” said


He said they would issue a notice of when the league will


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