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Sports News of Monday, 15 October 2018

Source: Graphic.com.gh

Normalisation Committee must develop blueprint for women’s football - Habiba Atta

The founder of Kumasi based Fabulous Ladies FC, Habiba Atta, says the appointment of former CEO of Airtel Ghana, Lucy Quist, and legal practitioner Naa Odofoley Nortey, onto the Normalisation Committee to manage the Ghana Football Association (GFA) is a good omen for the development of women’s football.

She said the appointment came at a time that women’s football was struggling, and expressed the hope that they would use their influence in the Normalisation Committee to help develop a blueprint to grow the women’s game whose burden was currently being shouldered by individuals.

The veteran administrator told Graphic Sports Online that since women’s league did not generate revenue from league centres across the country, it had become burdensome for club owners to recruit talented young ladies to play for clubs to feed the various national teams.

Madam Atta said it was her expectation that before the Normalisation Committee mandate ended, they would have created the grounds for women’s game to thrive with new investments from the corporate sector coming in to support individual club owners with limited financial muscle to develop the game as expected.

“Women’s football has now come of age, so it should be properly developed from the grassroots just like our male counterparts, but this can only be done if club owners are supported financially, and with other logistics to recruit and develop talented young ladies.

“We need to generate keen interest in women football and sustain it. This is because it could be a source of employment to take many of our young ladies off the streets or prevent them from falling victim to petty crimes and social vices,” she noted.

For Habiba, over-concentration on the men’s game has taken away attention and resources from developing women’s football despite making a lot of strides and she wants the Normalisation Committee to halt the trend.

“It looks as if there is not much interest in women soccer. There is over concentration on men’s football to the detriment of women’s football.

In terms of financial support and sponsorship packages, it is always the Black Stars, Black Satellites and Starlets,” lamented Habiba Atta during an interview with Graphic Sports Online in Kumasi.

“We had a sponsor of our women’s league but their financial support was not adequate enough to support club owners for them to cater for the welfare of their players.”