Betway SA backs First Touch Ladies Academy

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Betting company Betway South Africa donated football equipment to First Touch Ladies Academy on Thursday at their training grounds in Ladana outside Polokwane.

The training equipment, which includes balls, is to the tune of R85 000. The company’s marketing manager, David Rachidi says they received a request of sponsorship and they saw a need to back a side that is contributing players to national teams.

Rachidi says they are looking at a long-term partnership with the Limpopo side adding that they will donate football kits in the future.

Rachidi adds that women’s football is an area for sponsors to explore with its growth.

First Touch coach John Hlako was appreciative of the donation, saying they have no excuses not to deliver in the SAFA National Women’s League (SNWL).

Hlako emphasises that most sides in the national league struggle with a lot of things that can be solved by sponsorship.

They urge prospective sponsors to come on board as this will go a long way towards improving and nurturing the growth of women’s football locally.

The side’s captain, Noko Matlou shared the gratitude sentiments with her coach on behalf of the players. Dikgoshigadi Tja Limpopo, as the academy is affectionately known, are currently third on the SNWL log with 14 points from six matches.

Matlou believes the equipment will help her side compete better with clubs that have resources. – Report by Lethabo Kganyago