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Sport - Date: 22 July 2021
Written by: Frank Mavhungu / Viewed: 303
The decision of the South African Football Associations (SAFA) to suspend the Hollywoodbets Super League programme for a month is doing one of the affiliates for the league, Maindis Ladies FC, more harm than good. The league programme was put on hold from the 6th of this month. According to the circular that was issued by the league, the league programme will resume on Saturday, 07 August.
According to the chairman of Maindis Ladies, Mr Falaza Mdaka, they were forced to release the players who reside within the borders of the Limpopo Province upon receipt of the circular. He revealed that the players who reside outside this province remained in the clubhouse when the rest were released. He stated that their reason to let only local players go, was to minimize costs.
Mdaka said that maintaining the players who remained in the clubhouse was difficult for him when the others had gone to their respective homes about three weeks ago, as the team did not have a sponsor. A total of 23 players were in the clubhouse.
Mdaka added that indications were that they would receive some funds from the league to cover their travelling and accommodation expenses when the league programme was brought to a halt. “Everything came to a standstill due to the lockdown” he said. Indion, as he was called during his days as a soccer player, said that he was worried about the fact that regaining their fitness level when they returned to the training field would be difficult for the players.
He said that although the technical staff had instructed the local players to train on their own while at home, monitoring the players from afar was difficult for them. He reckoned that the situation would affect their ambitions to lift the league trophy at end of the season negatively.
Maindis’ next match will be against University of Western Cape FC at the Giyani Stadium on Saturday, 7 August.
Maindis Ladies FC. Photo supplied.
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.