South African Football Association (SAFA) has expressed interest in hosting the maiden CAF Women Champions League tournament .
Dominic Chimhabvi, the SAFA’ s head of communications said the bid would be submitted after the NEC meeting that takes place on Saturday, 12 September 2020 at SAFA House.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) Thursday, 10 September 2020, said the first edition of the CAF Club Women’s Champions League tournament would start in 2021.
According to the SAFA President and CAF Vice-President, Dr Danny Jordaan, “Africa is taking a giant step towards growing the women’s football to new heights.”
The first edition will comprise of 8 teams, qualifiers from CAF’s Zonal winners including the hosts, CAF revealed on Thursday.
“The CAF Women’s Champions League tournament will provide further incentive for the domestic SAFA Women’s Premier Football League (SWPFL) participants,” authorities at SAFA believe.
According to Dominic, the second edition of the SWPFL is expected to kick off early next year. This follows a successful completion of the inaugural edition that was launched last year and won by Mamelodi Sundowns Women’s team.
Dr Jordaan said the CAF Women’s Club Champions League will give further incentives for domestic winners.
He added that FIFA will also soon launch the Women’s Club championship which he hopes will further boost the local and continental game altogether.
There was another good news from the CAF meeting and this, Dominic said left his boss satisfied.
The continental body has endorsed the addition of the number of African teams that will take part in the next FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled for Australia/New Zealand in 2023.
CAF is looking at an increase from the current 3 slots to 5 or 6 teams from Africa.
‘’With most of our Banyana Banyana players playing overseas, South Africa will be looking to qualify for their second consecutive FIFA World Cup in 2023 after the France 2019 expedition. These are exciting times for women’s football, not only in South Africa but on the continent,” Dr.Jordaan said.