Sunday, 25 August 2019 16:50

Image: Sikhulule Nkomphela.

History was made yesterday when the first ball of the SAFA National Women’s League was kicked at the Nike Football Training Centre in Pimville, Soweto.

After months of planning, the dream was finally realised when the first whistle of the new league was launched on the 22nd of August 2019. 

Gauteng has three teams, while the Free State has two and the rest have one each.

 

Here are the participating teams:

* TUT-PTA                                        Gauteng (Sasol League National Champions)

* University of Western Cape             Western Cape

* Richmond Ladies                            Northern Cape

* Golden Ladies                                North West

* Coal City Wizards                           Mpumalanga

* Durban Ladies                                KwaZulu Natal

* First Touch Academy                       Limpopo

* Thunderbirds                                  Eastern Cape

* Bloemfontein Celtic                         Free State

– Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies             Gauteng

– University of Johannesburg              Gauteng

– Tsunami Queens                             Free State

 

While Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk has signed for Danish side Fortuna Hjorring, joining a list of other national team players already plying their trade overseas – Leandra Smeda and Stephanie Malherbe (both Sweden), Jermaine Seoposenwe and Nothando Vilakazi (Lithuania), Rhoda Mulaudzi (Cyprus), Letago Modiba and Rachel Sebati (Belarus) as well as Regina Mogolola (Serbia).

This is Van Wyk’s second stint abroad as she was on the books of Houston Dash in the USA at the end of 2018.