“The overriding objective has been the creation of a feeder for Banyana Banyana as we realised that there was no platform for the football association to do so. This has in turn done more than that, with many players identified during the Sasol promotional road shows having been recommended for Banyana Banyana, under-17 and under-20 women’s teams.
“Some players have gone on to get full or part bursaries to study at tertiary institutions around the country. That is true empowerment of women through sport, which is in line with the national development plan,” said Dumisani Mbokane, Sasol Sponsorship Specialist.
From the nine provincial teams competing to be crowned the Sasol League national champions, five teams boasts the experience of former and current Banyana Banyana players.
Palace Super Falcons from Gauteng ranks number one with seven players, Nothando Vilakazi, Mamello Makhabane and former players in Chantelle Esau, Simphiwe Masina, Tina Selepe, Martha Mokoma and Hlengiwe Ngwane.
Durban Ladies boasts four players with former Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini, Silindile Ngubane, Memory Makhanya and Zamandosi Cele.
Cape Town Roses prides themselves with the skills of Nandipha Booi, Nocawe Skiti and Sibongiseni Khamlana. While Coal City Wizards, Bloemfontein Celtic and Coastal United respectively have Elson Matjila, Shiwe Nogwanya and Lelethu Nguta.
Of the 17 players, five players were in the Banyana Banyana squad that participated in the African Women’s Championships in Namibia. Amanda Dlamini, Nothando Vilakazi, Mamello Makhabane, Shiwe Nogwanya and Silindile Ngubane were in the team that narrowly missed out on World Cup qualification.
The Sasol league national championships comprises of provincial winners from the nine provinces. The league is made up of 144 teams competing in the nine regions and has played an integral role in being a feeder to the women’s national teams.
Sasol’s dedication in support of women’s football dates back to 2009 when they partnered with the South African Football Association to sponsor the senior women’s national team, Banyana Banyana.