Portia Modise has called on the country’s big clubs bosses to follow in the footsteps of Patrice Motsepe and establish women’s football teams.
The Banyana Banyana legend has acknowledged the efforts to grow the women’s game. But she has insisted it was about time powerhouses such as Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates came to the party.
Modise was a guest speaker at the North West Sports Confederation Women in Sports Summit in Mahikeng where she highlighted the challenges facing women in sports, including gender inequality.
Themed “The he in HER”, the summit in the Ngaka Modiri Molema District, North West, was also attended by Proteas netball star Tshina Mdau, SASCOC vice-president Lwandile Simelane and Thebe Sekoto, chairperson of North West Sport Council.
“We don’t have sports development structures for young girls and it is quite difficult to develop women’s football in the townships and in rural areas,” said Modise.
“As we celebrate Women’s Month, we should be able to count the things we have done for women so far and not only talk about the things that needs to be done.
“Patrice Motsepe has done it with the Sundowns Ladies team because he gave women a chance. I’m asking Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and the other teams ‘what are you waiting for?”
As South Africa bids farewell to Women’s Month, Mdau has emphasised the need to address the challenges women faces daily and not only in the month of August.
Itumeleng Mogorosi, the CEO of Mmabana Arts, Culture and Sports Foundation, expanded on the objectives of the annual summit and added the foundation was pro women’s agenda in sports.
“The annual summit is aimed at empowering and advancing women by encouraging and creating opportunities,” Mogorosi said.
“As Mmabana and the North West Sports Confederation, we believe in giving women the same opportunities as men, redress the gender inequality in sport and educate women about the importance of participating in sport.”
Mogorosi added that the summit is also looking to change the mentality about women participating in masculine sport, address gate-keeping in sport and empower women, in accordance with the national development plan.