6 Sep 2021
A FIFA delegation, together with Secretary Basic Fatma Samoura and Chief Girls’s Soccer Officer Sarai Bareman, kicked off an itinerary of conferences in South and Jap Africa yesterday to spotlight FIFA’s dedication to creating the feminine sport all through the continent.
At a go to to the South African Soccer Affiliation (SAFA) headquarters positioned on the iconic Soccer Metropolis, the delegation met with SAFA President Danny Jordaan and attended a Constitutional Workshop for Gauteng, Limpopo, North West & Mpumalanga provinces. In her deal with to members, Fatma Samoura highlighted the need to place the group’s talks on empowering ladies into motion by utilizing their voices to assist FIFA and CAF increase African ladies’s soccer to the best ranges.
The delegation then met with employees from the FIFA Regional Improvement workplace, earlier than SAFA’s Chief Working Officer and former FIFA Girls’s Management Programme alumni Lydia Monyepao, in addition to Banyana Banyana Head Coach Desiree Ellis, introduced the group with an outline of the present standing of ladies’s soccer in South Africa.
The SAFA representatives briefed the delegation on how they’ve efficiently linked ladies’s soccer to schooling, with 85 per cent of the nationwide crew holding not less than one college diploma. In addition they underlined how encouraging their feminine youth and senior groups to enroll and keep in schooling has made them extra resilient, team-spirited and higher in a position to deal with the pressures of enjoying for the nationwide crew particularly.
Talking about SAFA’s method to ladies’s soccer FIFA Secretary Basic Fatma Samoura stated: “It’s heartening to listen to the dedication and onerous work you could have put into nurturing and creating ladies’s soccer and your women. Training and soccer play a tandem position in advancing ladies’s confidence and empowerment.
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FIFA Secretary Basic Fatma Samoura, SAFA President Danny Jordaan and FIFA Chief Girls’s Soccer Officer Sarai Bareman is South Africa pose with a Mamelodi Sundowns participant.
Fatma Samoura, Secretary Basic of Federation Internation of Soccer Affiliation, Zanele Nhlapo of Mamelodi Sundowns Girls obtain a trophy Danny Jordan, SAFA President and Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief WF throughout the 2021 Complete Energies CAF Womens Champions League COSAFA Qualifier closing match between Black Rhinos Queens and Mamelodi Sundowns Girls at Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium, Durban, on 04 September 2021 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Mamelodi Sundowns rejoice victory
Mamelodi Sundowns winners of the 2021 Complete Energies CAF Womens Champions League COSAFA Qualifier closing match between Black Rhinos Queens and Mamelodi Sundowns Girls at Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium, Durban, on 04 September 2021 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
“There are large strides that we are able to make collectively by means of soccer to deal with the gender-based violence your nation experiences, in addition to selling better vanity amongst women and girls. FIFA will work hand in hand with you to make this a actuality.”
Talks additionally targeted on the readiness of the nationwide crew for its potential qualification for the FIFA Girls’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 ™.
FIFA Chief Girls’s Soccer Officer Sarai Bareman stated on the topic: “Because the FIFA Girls’s World Cup has expanded to 32 groups for its ninth version in 2023, we need to be sure that we not solely see South Africa construct on their expertise on the FIFA Girls’s World Cup in 2019, however different African nationwide groups qualify to succeed in the last word international competitors for girls’s soccer. We are going to work with SAFA to attract on their experiences and use this data to help and nourish different ladies’s nationwide groups all through the continent to make this occur.”
Following the go to to SAFA Home, the President of CAF, Dr. Patrice Motsepe, held discussions with the FIFA delegation on what sort of collaborative methods could possibly be put into place between CAF and FIFA to higher put together extra African ladies’s nationwide groups to qualify for the FIFA Girls’s World Cup. Fatma Samoura emphasised the significance of extra tournaments for girls all through the continent, just like the CAF Girls’s Champions League, to supply gamers with extra aggressive expertise.
On Saturday the delegation first attended the finals of the U-15 Women Colleges Match, a legacy challenge of the CAF Girls’s Champions League COSAFA Qualifiers, at King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban.
This was adopted by the ultimate of the CAF Girls’s Champions League COSAFA qualifiers attended by CAF’s President Dr. Patrice Motsepe, who expressed the vital message of solidarity that the presence of the all-female FIFA delegation on the sport despatched to African ladies and African ladies’s soccer.
The match noticed South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns tackle Zimbabwe’s Black Rhinos Queens in a decisive match that exposed who would signify COSAFA at continental stage.
Following her presentation of the winners trophy to Mamelodi Sundowns, who gained 3-0, Fatma Samoura stated: “In the present day now we have seen proficient and expert footballers who’re position fashions for younger ladies of their communities.
“The brand new CAF Girls’s Champions League will permit ladies’s groups from every of the six CAF zones to hone and ideal their abilities while concurrently demonstrating one of the best of feminine membership soccer from our continent. It would additionally permit African expertise to realize extra match expertise for competitions just like the Girls’s AFCON and Olympic qualifiers, which can higher put together them to qualify for the FIFA Girls’s World Cup in 2023.”