FIVE new clubs have been drafted into the 2013 Women football league which will kick off on November 30 according to Rwanda Football house, Ferwafa.
They include; Academy Girls Sport of Muhanga, Atletico Huye, Don Bosco Gatenga, Evening Stars of Muhanga and Freedom based in Gakenke and have joined 11 existing clubs to make a total of 16 clubs which will compete in the 2013/14 women’s league.
Clubs have been grouped in two pools where the best four from each pool will meet in the quarter final with winners progressing to the semi final and final to determine the champion respectively.
The last three-based clubs in each pool will be relegated to second division women league which will be played starting effect from next season while the best five from each pool will constitute the first division league.
AS Kigali which has lifted five women league titles in a row will be seeking their sixth title in the upcoming season.
The women football league started in 2009 and was first won by APR, but after that AS Kigali imposed itself year after year.
Rwanda is the only country to have a functioning women’s football league in East Africa, thanks to a $37,500 annual grant from FIFA.
However, the grant is not enough for all the teams in the league since it’s used only for transporting teams to the stadiums, prize money for the top two teams and meals for players on match days.
Unlike the men’s league which where players are on professional contracts, the women’s teams pay tuition fees for the players in addition to small allowances.
Pool A: AS Kigali, APR, Esir, Rambura, Urumuri, Freedom, Don Bosco Gatenga and Evening Stars.