By Anathi Wulushe
The Gompo Local Football Association launched the first ever Women’s football league in the Buffalo City Metro Municipality region at Jeff’s Driving School in Cambridge on Sunday June 20.
Gompo Local Football Association became the first association in the Buffalo City Metro Municipality to initiate a women’s football league, Gompo LFA Chairperson Vukile Mlanjana shared on how their relationship with Jeff’s Driving School has helped them accomplish this milestone and the positive impact the driving school has had to members of the association and of the community.
“We have known each other since 2006 when I was still a player at Future Tigers, he helped us a lot back then in supporting us with transporting and providing players with free driving lesson in his driving school, this year again we met, I told him about Gompo LFA on how we are in need of his sponsorship, the way it can benefit many families in the BCMM” Mlanjana said.
“In March, the Gompo LFA Executive and I, met with Jeff Driving school family to formalize our partnership. Part of our initiative is we assist our players and the Gompo community in terms of eradication of poverty, skills transfer and job creation” Mlanjana said. He added, “This social responsibility element of our programme has strengthened our relationship with the community of Gompo and has contributed greater impact in the Buffalo City Metro Municipality, resulting in social cohesion among our community members”
Jeoffrey “Bro Jeff” Damba, the founder of Jeff’s Driving School expressed his the reasoning to partner up with Gompo Local Football Association in helping them to commence the first ever Women’s football league in the BCMM region and also the motive behind his initiative of rendering free services of his driving school to members of the Gompo Football Association in order for them to acquire Driving licences.“I want the youth of Gompo LFA to have skills and be able create job opportunities for themselves , sometimes it becomes hard for some players to make it at senior level in football, that is why I help them learn how to drive, so they acquire their driving licenses in order for them to find jobs for themselves” he said.
Due to Mr Damba’s dedication and hard work, the Gompo Local Football Association designated the league under him, naming it ‘Jeff’s Driving School Women’s Football League’.
The Jeff’s Driving School Women’s League consists of ten teams from the BCMM region, namely Braelyn Kings F.C, Mighty Kids F.C, Royal Bucks F.C, Braelyn Stars, Young Stars F.C, Saam Stars FC, Navy Galaxy F.C, Walter Sisulu University, Cintsa Young stars, Lion Strikers and Birmingham F.C.
Having produced players to the top flight of South African Women’s football , the Birmingham City Football Club president Vusi Khumalo showed delight to be part of the Jeff’s Driving School Women’s Football League.
“We are very happy to be part of this great initiative, development in the Local Football Associations is very important, without it, the national team will struggle because it won’t have a pool of talented players to choose from . We as Birmingham City have struggled without a women’s league to play under, we had all the best players in East London but they were taken away by other clubs because we had no league” Khumalo said.
The Jeff’s Driving School Women’s Football League is set to commence, later this year in September.