Former Banyana Banyana captain and FIFA Legend Portia Modise has said that although Women’s football is growing in Africa, she does not think any African team is capable of claiming the women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, a tournament that kicks off in a year. According to the prolific ex-South African forward, the tournament will only help African teams improve and learn as they a not yet close to the level of their European and American counterparts.
“The European women’s leagues are getting better every day, and Africa is not yet at their level. Yes, A lot has changed since the last World Cup; young girls are joining, and development is happening, but for now, it is a slow growth for women’s football in Africa because of the lack of investors/sponsors. The World Cup will be a growth path for the African teams, but they can win it yet.” Said Modise while assessing the chances of African teams at the first Women’s World Cup to be hosted in the Southern Hemisphere during a media chat organised by FIFA to commemorate the one year to go to the Women’s World 2023.
Nigeria, Zambia, Morocco and South Africa have all qualified for the tournament that will take place across ten host venues in Australia and New Zealand from 20th July to 20th August 2023 while Cameroon and Senegal will play in the Intercontinental playoffs for a place at the biggest Women’s World Cup yet.