NWFA: Financial Constraints a Set-back in Joining CAF Women’s Champions League
The National Women Football Association says financial constraints and exposure are the two critical setbacks that will take a toll on local clubs should they join the Women’s Champions League which the Confederation of African Football-CAF intends to introduce.
The association’s President, Sugzo Ngwira, says lack of sponsorship has derailed the development of the sport in the country and there are fewer teams because most of them are individually-sponsored.
She has also said lack of an elite league, to enhance competition amongst the clubs, will expose the gap between the local clubs and foreign clubs from countries where the game has grown.
The Confederation of African Football will decide at its executive meeting later on Tuesday on whether to adopt the Women’s Champions League to be competed for by elite clubs on the continent.
If adopted, the tournament will be the first of its kind in the continent, apart from the African Women Cup of Nations as well as the COSAFA Women Championship for Southern African nations.
The National Women Football Association fears funding will be a major hindrance to some local clubs since most of them lack sound financial back-up and survive through pocket-sponsorships from individuals.
Sugzo Ngwira, the association’s president, doubts if local clubs can afford meeting huge expenses on flights, accommodation, and allowances for their players if they join the tournament.
There is also no national league to enhance competition amongst the clubs, another setback that has derailed exposure amongst girls, according to Ngwira.
CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad, proposed the introduction of the Women’s Champions League in November last year to strengthen the growth of the game.
Nigeria, Cameroon, and Nigeria are some of the countries in Africa in which women football has grown with credit given to companies for multi-million sponsorships.