*Parents advised to support the girl child in soccer dreams
Parents have been urged to support their daughters when they show interest in playing football.
Speaking during the women’s league launch last week at Francistown Stadium, District Commission official Kelebonye Dingwe said such encouragement would go a long way in building soccer stars in the future.
“Many of these children have the capability to fulfill their life dreams if only they were not held back by the negative attitude of some parents. Gone are the days when football was considered a man’s sport,” said Dingwe.
The launch of the women’s league in Francistown is expected to grow participation by women in the world’s most followed sport in the northern half of the country.
In the past, women’s football was only being played in the southern part of the country.
With the sponsorship from AT&T Monnakgotla, many female footballers have managed to showcase their talents, some even signing for teams in countries such as Namibia and Zimbabwe.
For his part, the Francistown Regional Football Association (FRAFA) Chairperson Jonas Msomi Ikgopoleng said it has been a hassle to set up a women’s football league in Francistown.
“We tried in vain to set up football for women in Francistown on two occasions,” expressed Ikgopoleng, who said FRAFA failed to come up with a league in 2009 and 2011.
However, he expressed optimism that the launch of women football is the beginning of big things to come in Francistown saying the commitment shown by the steering committee is encouraging.
Six clubs have been registered to kick start the league. All the participating clubs and players are also registered with the Botswana Football Association (BFA).