SAFA president Danny Jordaan believes the future is bright for women's football in South Africa.
Jordaan said this after Banyana Banyana completed a hat-trick winning the Cosafa Women’s Championship for the third time in a row on Sunday.
Banyana defeated Zambia 1-0 in the final which was played in Port Elizabeth.
The win saw claims a third straight Cosafa Women’s Championship title under the tutelage of head coach Desiree Ellis, who also lifted the trophy as a player.
It was their sixth of the tournament.
Jordaan praised coach Ellis and her players.
He said: “This tournament was a much harder test for Banyana. The success is significant in that one we are not in a panic stage because certain players were not here, Thembi Kgatlana, Leandra Smeda, Rhoda Mulaudzi and Jermainse Seoposenwe.
“These are all starting line-up players in the squad and they are not here, yet the young players who came in hardly gave us reason to ask or miss the senior players because they performed well. They showed that the are ready to step up and take a place in Banyana."
Jordaan went on: “And that overall performance gives us a good squad because now we are looking at the 2020 Olympic qualifiers, and Afcon qualifiers.
“The future of the team looks bright, there’s a good mixture of experience and young players"
"The quality of the football that they produced made many people to sit up and notice it was a team performance.“We clearly have on one the best team in the region and in the continent"
"We are looking forward to the exciting future with this team.”
Banyana's next task, they will visit Botswana in a 2020 Olympic qualifier encounter which is scheduled for 30 August at National Stadium in Botswana (7pm).