FOR a long time, football has stereotypically been dominated by men and women seldom had meaningful input.
However, there is a group of nine women who support different Premier League teams and have united to change the mentality.
The ladies registered an association in 2016 which they target to use to increase their impact on the game and ensure that the women in general approach soccer issues differently.
Aptly named Ladies in a Men Dominated Game Association (LMDG), the organisation was formed in June 2016 and registered a month later.
So far, LMDG has held two successful awards events in 2017 and in 2018 where players from teams that finished in the top eight of the league in the previous seasons were given prizes.
Three players were nominated from each of the eight teams for the Fans Fovourite award. This year’s winners are Moloisane Ramasimong (Bantu), Kopano Tseka (Lioli), Tšepo Toloane (LDF), Phafa Tšosane (Matlama), Nkoto Masoabi (Kick4Life), Sepiriti Malefane (LCS), Akhente Pule (LMPS), and Kopano Mohau (Majantja).
The biggest winner on a day was Ramasimong who was also voted Last Man standing winning M1000 while Matlama’s Monaheng Ramalefane walked away with M500 as the Ladies Man of the moment.
Matlama’s communications and marketing manager Tankiso Moletsane walked home with the Outstanding CMM accolade.
The rest of the winners bagged M500 each.
The members of the association had to contribute their personal funds towards the now annual awards as efforts to source sponsorship bore no fruit.
They each contributed a monthly subscription of M110 and in their first year also held a few fund-raising activities.
However, things took a bad turn this year as some of the members pulled out of the association leaving it with only nine members from an initial 15 founding members.
Their problems aside, the young ladies have to be commended for their bravery and commitment in lending a helping hand to the footballing sector. While the prizes are nominal, the intent has to be lauded for the greatness that it exudes.
The ladies have also introduced the Women Super League Awards to accommodate women’s football. The LDF trio of Thato Maifo, Mosele Pita and Ntšabeng Pelea scooped the Woman of the Moment, Women Super League Outstanding Player and Last Woman Standing accolades respectively.
All three walked away with M500 prizes.
The awards were held at AME Hall in Maseru on…are indeed a breath of fresh air and the organisers must be commended for the great work that they are doing.
Bravo ladies! Keep up the good work and I hope to see the event grow from the next edition.