By John Tuerijama
THE Women’s Super League is unlikely to take place this year, after being dealt a cruel blow by ongoing funding woes.
Namibia Football Association (NFA) Women Desk Head, Jacky Gertze, told Confidente this week that without drastic financial intervention, the league, which normally kicks off in July, is not going to take place.
And that it is likely that the women players will be languishing at home, as the league is experiencing serious financial problems.
Gertze said that if there was no cash, there would be no league action this year.
“We need a serious financial injection, and as you know, the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) only assisted us with administration. We need real money to get the league of the ground,” said Gertze.
She said over 100 women football players will be affected, if the current financial woes are not sorted out.
Last year, the NFA assisted the Women’s Super League financially.
However, this year the national body has been hit hard financially, after receiving a mere N$3.3 million from the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) for the 2017/18 financial year.
The NFA had in previous years received up to N$10 million, which has since been systematically slashed, with only N$6 million being received during the 2016/17 financial year.
Gertze said that in the absence of the Women’s Super league, they will travel to the //Karas region, where they will have a tournament to scout talent.
She said now that the national under-17 team has failed to qualify for the World Cup, the NFA Women Desk will travel to a number of regions, countrywide, to select a future national under-17 national team, in lieu of the 2018 World Cup, to be hosted by France from 7 to 26 August.
She said the NFA Women Desk will be hard at work to ensure that they have the U-13 to U-20 regional leagues up and running, while the players of the NFA Girls Centre will compete in the NFA Boys League.
Gertze said the Brave Gladiators will compete in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) qualifiers.
However, the dates and draw for the qualifiers are yet to be made public.
Tura Magic is the reigning Women’s Super League champions, while Nampol ended as runners-up last season and Unam finished third.
The league, which is normally played in the capital, is also being contested by Okahandja Beauties, who won the 2009 edition, Rehoboth Queens, the NDF Cheetahs, JS Academy and Poly Babes.
The Super Women’s League was previously known as the Khomas Women League.
The league was transformed due to the standard of play, but is concentrated in the capital, because teams do not have the money to travel.
The Women’s Super League concept was only realised after meticulous planning.
Caprivi, Omusati, Kavango, Kunene and //Karas are the regions that have senior women’s leagues, while towns, such as Okahandja and Gobabis, have the Gals & Goals league, which caters for younger players.
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