For some time women football in Botswana has been neglected with more support given to male football. This, however, could soon be a thing of the past if the anticipated introduction of the women’s wing at Botswana Football Association (BFA) sees the light of day.
BFA executive committee member Susan Montsho revealed this week that the association is looking at introducing a women’s wing to run women football locally. Even though Montsho could not give the exact time when the wing will be established she said it is their hope to have it up and running by the end of the year.
Montsho was reacting to concerns from local journalists on what the association is doing to improve the state of women football development in Botswana. She acknowledged that there are still a lot of problems facing women football locally which the association is trying to address. “We are still at a development stage as far as women football is concerned and there are a lot of problems at the moment,” she explained.
The association is currently trying to fight the myth that soccer is for men as some parents are still reluctant to let their children play the sport. “The support should start from the families to give the ladies motivation to do their best in football,” she added.
However, Montsho said BFA is also trying to get sponsorship particularly for women football to address the current challenges. She appealed to private companies to come on board to help improve women football in Botswana.
There has always been concern that women football is not accorded all the support it needs compared to their male counterparts.