The South African Football Association (SAFA) has given the National Women’s League teams the greenlight to resume training with immediate effect.
This decision by SAFA ends 10 months of a patient wait by players for the go-ahead to start training again.
Women’s football has been on the sidelines following national lockdown restrictions to reduce rise of COVID-19 cases.
In a letter sent to all the National Women’s League teams, SAFA's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tebogo Motlanthe, said training will restart under strict health measures to try and protect everyone from COVID-19.
“I refer to the above and advise that after taking into account that teams in the Safa National Women`s League had been inactive for more than ten (10) months and with the majority of players for our senior national team, Banyana Banyana coming from National Women`s League Teams.
“It is imperative for players to begin training with immediate effect in preparation for the resumption of the League and participation," read Motlanthe's letter
SAFA will soon announce more plans for the restart of the new league season.
The new season of the Women’s League will feature 14 teams, up from 12 teams, with the newly promoted JVW FC and Ma-Indies joining in for the 2020/21 campaign.
Mamelodi Sundown Ladies are the defending and inaugural champions of the league. Sundowns Ladies won all league games last season and as a result qualified to play at the first-ever Women’s Caf Champions League next year.