By THANDISIZWE MGUDLWA
Vision 2022, of the South African Football Association (SAFA) is on top gear.
This comes after SAFA recently made it clear that the it is happy with the amount of football interest the Varsity Cup has brought over the past five years within Universities across the South Africa.
In 2016, the Varsity Cup was celebrating its fifth year in existence.
Last year, the 2017 Varsity Cup kicked off on 27 July 2017.
And in classical fashion, the University of Pretoria started poorly but recovered and marched all the way to the final where they beat the Tshwane University of Technology 2-0.
Matches were played every Thursday night.
And according to Dennis Mumble, SAFA CEO, the programme falls within the SAFA’s Vision 2022 spectrum.
Mumble however states that a lot needed to be done for university structures to be in full throttle, “As the football mother body, we are proud to endorse the Varsity Cup for a fifth year in a row, and we will continue to give them the support they need. There are a number of players who have represented South Africa internationally from these structures and this is one way for some of these players to showcase their talent, but a lot still needs to done for the tournament to be all inclusive,” said Mumble.
He adds, “I have followed the men’s version of the Varsity Cup and I am very impressed with the standard of football, the great marketing and especially the support that students are giving to football.
“I however think the same amount of dedication needs to be put into the female side of the game,” added Mumble.
The SAFA CEO further explains that the country needed to get to a point where women’s football is also seen in the same light as men’s football. “This will take each and every one of us in the country to ensure this happens. We need to grow this sport across the board,” said Mumble.
The Tshwane University of Technology will be looking to retain the title they won last season in what is expected to be a thrilling season.