Following the continent’s governing body’s (CAF) approval of the creation of a club competition during Tuesday’s Executive Committee meeting held via video conferencing, many have backed the initiative.
Uganda U-17 Women national football team and Kawempe Muslim head coach Ayub Khalifah Kiyingi has become the latest give his verdict on the merits of the competition.
Khalifah believes the creation of the Women Champions League will push players and clubs to work harder thus immensely improving on their quality.
“With the new initiative, we will play the FUFA Women Super League (FWSL) with an ultimate goal of finishing in the CAF Champions League places,” Ayub told Football256 before adding.
“Everyone will strive harder than before and in the long run the quality of the Women’s game will be improved.”
“There is no criterion yet on qualification for the tournament yet, but in case the first and second in the league are to represent Uganda on the continent, then there will be a huge increase in the level of competition.”
“Even the players themselves will be more focused and will also put in much more effort to be among those big clubs that are able to make it to the continent,” he added.
Last but not least, Ayub says our clubs will be put on the bigger test sportingly on whether they have the mantra to compete on the continent.
The women club competition is expected to start during the 2020/2021 season in an attempt to grow the women’s game.
The development means CAF has begun the implementation of its four-year women’s football strategic plan for Africa, in collaboration with FIFA as decided upon in Egypt in November 2019.
Meanwhile, Women’s football has struggled for support on the continent, largely due to the paucity of funds but recently, FIFA offered a COVID-19 relief plan of $500,000 to member associations exclusively for the female game.