R1 million boost for women’s soccer
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – INITIATIVES to empower women footballers recently received a massive boost with the launch of the inaugural Joseph Makamba Busha Women’s Soccer tournament, a brainchild of the Johannesburg businessman.
The event was held in Alexandra Township last weekend with teams from across Gauteng province taking part.
The Joseph Makamba Busha Women’s Soccer tournament, held in Alexandra Township last weekend, is the brainchild of the Johannesburg businessman.
Pull Together from Soshanguve in Pretoria emerged the winners after beating Crousers 2-0 in the final and pocketed R15 000 while the losers walked away with R10, 000 richer.
The other ten teams pocketed R5, 000 each.
The round robin event featured 12 teams drawn from Gauteng province namely Blue Birds (Alexandra), Alex Ladies (Alexandra), Aqua Ladies (Krugersdorp), Servol Ladies (Deep South), Pull Together, Etwatwa (Etwatwa), United Birds (Daveyton), Imbokodo (Soweto), Crousers (Highlands North), Moshana Ladies (Tembisa), Springs Home Sweepers (Springs) and Hallelujah Zebra Forces from Pretoria.
Emotional scenes characterised the tournament.
A tearful coach of Moshana Ladies, Lodrwick Moshana saluted the initiative.
“We are from Winnie Mandela informal settlement in Tembisa, where teenage pregnancy has been a major problem in our community. We established our club in a bid to curb this disease in our society where most of the parents are unemployed and people take advantage of their desperate children,” said Moshana.
Blue Birds mentor Marlvin Khumalo, who is also a member of the local organizing committee says the event was an eye-opener.
“It was an historic moment. The impact the tournament left is so lasting for the under-privileged communities that took part in. It will help sustain the growth and development of women football,” says Khumalo.
Busha said they were inspired to inject money into the game for the sole reason of empowering the girl child.
Organisers disclosed more than R1 million was spent on prize money, soccer kit, administration and other logistics.
“In sport, women do not have the same support as their male counterparts. As JM Busha, we define ourselves as a social enterprise and we strive for equitable society. We know that once we have empowered a women we have empowered the family,” Busha said.
– CAJ News
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