The South African Football Association (SAFA) together with Sasol today announced an extension of their ground-breaking sponsorship to further develop women’s football.
With Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu and Commissioner for Gender Equality, Dr. N Maphazi looking on and attended by other football stakeholders and Banyana Banyana; the new sponsorship was announced by SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan and Sasol Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Ms. Wrenelle Stander.
This long running partnership will continue for four (4) years until June 2021.
“At Sasol, we pursue sponsorships that enhance our brand, inspire creativity and innovation, and create unique opportunities to build stakeholder relationships. As a direct result of our investment in women’s football, the landscape for the Sasol League and Banyana Banyana has forever changed and we are extremely proud of what they have achieved in such a short time”, said Sasol Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Ms Wrenelle Stander.
The two organisations first entered into this partnership in 2009 with the aim of growing and uplifting women’s football. Through this relationship, the Sasol League – South Africa’s premier women’s football league was established in 2009 and Banyana Banyana have gone on to achieve the seemingly impossible on the international scene, including back-to-back Olympic qualification in 2012 and 2016.
The Sasol League has provided an opportunity for over 3 600 female footballers annually to play regular competitive football to improve the standard of the women’s game in the country and has also opened doors for female football players to obtain bursaries at institutions of higher learning through football with 35 of the 46 core players in the national team either studying or with qualifications.
“The Sasol partnership has not only changed lives for the better for our football playing community but has provided life changing opportunities for most of our football playing women/girls. Part of Vision 2022 is to increase the number of people playing football to 10 percent of the country’s population. This means more than 5 million of our population must be involved in the game one way or the other and most of these will come from females. With the partnership that we have entered with Sasol, this goal is likely to be achieved much earlier” said SAFA President Dr Jordaan.
The SAFA President said a number of Banyana Banyana players were now studying and playing professional football overseas, and this was a win-win situation in the sense that apart from improving their own careers outside football, their involvement with overseas clubs would benefit Banyana Banyana (the Senior Women’s National Team).
“For all this, we want to thank Sasol for being true friends of football development.”
Sasol was recently awarded the prestigious “Sponsor of the Year” award at the gsport Awards last month.
The new partnership will continue to give even more female players the opportunity to participate in regular competitive football which will bode well for Banyana Banyana who will be jetting off to Zimbabwe for the COSAFA Women’s Cup from 13-24 September 2017.
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