THE eight team Women’s Super League continues to grow from strength despite lack of corporate sponsorship, the league’s chair Chris Bullock has said.
Bullock told the Lesotho Times that league which is in its third season, was currently being bankrolled by the Lesotho Football Association (LeFA) through a grant from the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) for women’s football.
Bullock also said they were working flat out to secure sponsors to help them take women’s football to another level.
“There has never been any sponsor for the league and this is an area that needs to be worked on,” Bullock said this week.
“We are just completing a sponsorship proposal and hope that soon we will be able to present it to prospective sponsors.
“So at the moment we depend on LeFA funding obtained from FIFA to run the league and the funding includes 75% subsidies for teams’ transport costs. Getting sponsorship will enable us to run cup competitions and give us more flexibility.”
Bullock, who is also the secretary general of the Lesotho Women Football Committee, said LeFA had also helped by providing a desk officer, Ntate Tjamela Tjamela to assist with the day to day with running of league.
He said their league had played an important role in improving the standard of women’s football.
“The national team has been re-introduced on the back of the league and the results have been very impressive with the team only losing one game in six against Swaziland and Botswana.
“We have also seen the 2015 top goal scorer Boitumelo Rabale secure a move to Bloemfontein Celtic where she captained the team to national play off success and recently won the sportsperson of the year award at the annual sports awards.
“This was made possible by the introduction of the Super League and we need to build on that and keep improving our product on and off the field. Hopefully we will see the start of district leagues and I’m also hoping there will be more opportunities for our girls to play outside the country.”
In the first season, Likhosatsana (now LDF Ladies) won on goal difference after edging out Kick4Life. F.C. Setoko won the league in 2016.
LeFA secretary general, Mokhosi Mohapi concurred with Bullock on the increased competitiveness of the women’s league.
“There is a huge improvement and the skills level have improved in leaps and bounds. Yes there are the elites like Kick4Life, LDF and Setoko but on the whole the game has improved,” Mohapi said.
He said the time was ripe for the national team to get more exposure in preparation for official competitions. He said they could improve by playing “very good teams” from South Africa.