Do something because you are passionate about it
Its a norm around the world that football is dominated by men, be it on the playing side or in the broadcasting sphere. It’s not different also here in South Africa, today we are commemorating Women’s day and what a befitting way to do it other than to celebrate the women that are making a difference in our football industry. We had stalwarts like Cynthia Tshaka, Cammila Walker who paved the way for women in football broadcasting and that gave birth to women like Carol Tshabalala, Mpho Letsholonyane, Thato Moeng and Julia Stuart who took the baton and made sure that they keep flying the flag in football broadcasting.
With times changing and new faces coming to the fore, one lady that has made a mark for herself is Lindiwe Dube, born and raised in Daveyton in the East Rand. Daveyton is well known for producing some of the best footballers that this country has had, the likes of Jabu Pule, Clement Mazibuko, Junior Khanye just to name a few. She first burst onto the scene as a winner of MultiChoice Diski presenter search and she has grown leaps and bound.
“I was exposed to football, because I lived right next to a soccer field (ebhuqwini), I was a bit of a tomboy. I spent most of my time with the boys and that played a part in influencing me to fall in love with the game. It was a way of keeping myself entertained as we did not have recreational facilities. That is where my love for the game started, I got to learn the basics and I really enjoyed watching the game.
With the game being male-dominated, its bound one has to face some challenges and one to survive needs to have a thick skin. Ria Ledwaba, Natasha Tsichlas, Manto Madlala are some of the women that have stood tall in football administration and have made way for young women to come to excel.
“The biggest Challenge that we face as women are constantly having to prove ourselves, we are subjected to a lot of patriarchy in the workplace. we must work twice as hard as our men counterparts just to prove that we are just as equal.”
We have grown to love her when we see her on our screens during match days and that shows that the perception that football is dominated by men is slowly changing.
“Growing up the only person I saw and I looked up to was Carol Tshabalala and she paved a way for us, apart from her I absolutely admire Jessica Motaung. I love what she has done with the Kaizer Chiefs brand and how she is constantly re-inventing it.”
It is quite humbling for the game of football to have women like Lindiwe Dube striving to do better for themselves and become role models for the young ones that aspire to be her in the near future.
” My advice to young women who would love to be part of the game is that they must do it for the love of the game, sports isn’t about fame. Do something because you are passionate about it. Put in the work, pray, humility is everything and never stop learning.”
It is quite interesting to know that her first experience at the stadium for an official was the famous Soweto derby.
” I won tickets on a radio show, I and my brother took a train to the stadium and we did not have enough money for refreshments but for me, the experience was all that mattered.”
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