Johannesburg – South Africa Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan says the women’s national football teams from Africa are more likely to win the FIFA World Cup before the men’s sides.
At a media conference this week, Jordaan said women’s soccer was growing in leaps and bounds, and that Nigeria’s Super Falcons and South Africa’s Banyana Banyana were in good stead to win the World Cup in coming years.
“Nigeria and South Africa have the quality to win the World Cup in the near future. The Super Falcons and Banyana Banyana are among the top three nations in African football in the CAF rankings. With their exploits in the continent and the ability of the players from these countries to get lucrative contracts abroad, they have all they need to match the best Europe and South America can offer,” he said.
He said African women football stars were being exposed to solid development systems in Europe, Asia and North America, where they played for top clubs that were giving them the technical discipline to win the World Cup.
Jordaan also implored African football administrators to invest more in women’s football.
Meanwhile, Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis this week assembled an 18-woman squad for a training camp that will run from March 15 to 19 at the SAFA Technical Centre.
This is the first time that Banyana Banyana will get together since their COSAFA Cup triumph in November 2020.
Coach Ellis highlighted that the purpose of the training camp is to assess the players’ fitness level since the COSAFA tournament and with amateur football yet to return to league action, this exercise, she said was important.
“We just wanted to have an idea of where the players are at in terms of fitness. This is a big year for us after losing a year of football due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The aim is to make sure that at the end of this year we are at a level where we were before the FIFA World Cup and during the World Cup tournament,” said Ellis.