Banyana dealt a blow suspends the league

2012-09-02 10:00
Ntombi Moleme
Women’s football must wait as Safa prioritises plans for Afcon 2013

Banyana Banyana’s preparations for the 2012 CAF Women’s Championships in Equatorial Guinea have suffered a huge blow with the postponement of the Sasol League.

With the league as the only feeder for the national team, the fact that there will not be any competitive football means Banyana will suffer in the process.

The league was billed to kick off this month but according to Lemmy Mogale, women’s clubs spokesperson, Safa has postponed the league to next year.

But clubs claimed they were in the dark about the kick-off date as Safa had not communicated with them regarding the postponement.

Mogale accused Safa of only focusing on hosting the 2013 Afcon and allowing women’s football to take a back seat.

Safa is hosting next year’s Africa Cup of Nations and 2014’s CAF African championship.

“Safa is abuzz with political issues and women’s football is the last thing on their minds,” he added.

Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza said he was taken aback by the decision but said he respected the ruling.

“As long as I am given the support I need, I don’t have a problem,” said Mkhonza.

Safa spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi confirmed the league will begin in February.

He said this was done in order to accommodate preparations for Afcon.

Sasol sponsorship manager Dumisani Mbokane said they were focusing on the Paralympic Games at the moment.

“We will hold talks with Safa after the Paralympics. At the moment we are channelling our energy into the games,” said Mbokane.

Meanwhile, Mogale also alleged clubs have not been paid last season’s grants.

“We have been waiting for the money but they keep on sending us from pillar to post. No one is taking responsibility. They must at least address all the clubs,” said Mogale.

The clubs normally receive R20 000 in grants annually.

Chimhavi admitted there were still outstanding payments.

“The reason for the delay in the payment of grants to a few clubs was because some clubs had not provided the association with the necessary documentation.

Clubs that fully complied with all the requirements have been paid.

We have however, requested those few clubs to provide us with the outstanding documents and their grants will be processed,” said Chimhavi.