South Africa arguably has the best regional women’s football league on the continent,sponsored by SASOL and SAFA president Danny Jordaan, expressed his gratitude to SASOL”for helping us in finding and developing talent because sponsorships help us to release that talent. We are proud of what the players have set-out to do for this country.”. The Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu was in attendance at the announcement of Sasol sponsorship of South African national women’s football team,affectionately called the Banyana Banyana.
Sasol is extending its sponsorship of Banyana Banyana (South African Senior Women’s team) and the Sasol League by a further four years or till 2021.
Danny Jordaan urged the Banyana Banyana to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup the CAF women’s championship and the Olympics. He also mentioned the inauguaration of a women’s national football league in 2019 in order to brigde the gap between the regional league and the national team.
Banyana Banyana interim coach, Desiree Ellis -“We need to have the attitue of gratitude to Sasol for their continued support. We owe it Safa and Sasol to qualify for the World Cup in France next year and the Olympics to pay back for the trust they gave in us when we had nothing.”
When asked about how SASOL has changed the terrain of women’s football in South Africa, Desiree Ellis added “Back in the day, we used to run football from the boots of our cars but Sasol has brought in the change and things are improving for the better.”
Banyana Banyana player, Refiloe Jane chimed in: “It is an honour to play for Banyana Banyana and not a right. I always want to give my best whenever I get the opportunity to play for the national team.”
Safa NEC member, Nomsa Mahlangu also applauded Sasol’s involvement in women’s football which has been a game changer in the role they have played in changing the lives of girls.
Banyana Banyana player, Mpumi Nyandeni: “I am the first player to lift the Sasol League trophy and it was a proud moment for me and my team-mates.”