Even with the Colombian team in the Copa America semi-finals, there will be no women’s professional league

It appears the decision has been made. The second women’s league will not take place, despite Colombia being the venue to host the Copa America, a scenario in which, in addition to the women’s first team remaining undefeated, protests have been organized to demand the dignity of a career that is increasingly being trampled.

Millonarios, América de Cali, Deportivo Cali and Cortuluá are the only teams that have shown intent in the second edition of this year.Which is clearly not enough to create a competitive league, especially when Colombia includes the scarlet and sugar quota for the Copa Libertadores to be held in Ecuador from October 13 to 28.

Meanwhile, the world is seeing how the Colombian national team shines in the tournament in which they are homegrown. With the recent 4-0 win over Chile, the Colombians took first place in Group A, with the perfect score after four victories, with only three goals against them.

Colombia extended their unbeaten streak to 13 matches in the group stage of the South American Championship (W12 1E). The only time they failed to win was against Chile, with a 1-1 draw in 2018.

In addition, with this win, the coffeemakers finished the group stage with a perfect score for the second time in the history of the CONMEBOL Copa América: it happened previously in the 2014 edition, where they also took four victories.

They will face Argentina in the semi-finals on Monday 25 July at 7pm at Estadio Alfonso Lopez in Bucaramanga.

The Ministry of Sports awarded 1,200 million for the tournament, but Demayor in an extraordinary meeting decided not to do so.

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“The Extraordinary Assembly of the Demayor appointed its four representatives in the Executive Committee of the Football Association, to request the Federation to organize and conduct a women’s competition for the second semester of 2022, taking into account the elements discussed in the meeting”The football entity said in the summary of the meeting.

The fight for the respect and dignity he deserves at work has been successful. Champions of the Bolivarian Games and Pan-American Games, two-time Copa America runner-up, two consecutive Olympic Games participation and the same amount in the FIFA World Cup.

For this type of situation, women who are in shorts and cool ones, are looking for it in an area other than the game. To survive, they must collect scrap metal or grow strawberries in Colombia, wash dishes or paint homes in the United States, because they earn more than a month’s salary on a professional soccer team in the country.

“In a week, you do the dishes in the States, you do what you get here for a month,” said Maria Martinez, 27, who played in Santa Fe, Bucaramanga and Equidad.

“A friend asked me if I had measured myself for a construction job in the U.S. I went to paint, sand, cover floors and windows, and raise entire floors with adobe,” said Daniela Tamayo, a 26-year-old sideshow advocate from Atletico Nacional.

“I came to the farm. I also work in homes and work in a lumber company, because I was well aware that while in football there is job instability, at least here I have an average salary that helps me achieve my dreams,” Tatiana Vera confirmed that she played for the Fossa team in Mexico, Fortaleza, Melonarios and Ecuida.

Anji Cano, Tatiana Vera, Maria Martinez and Daniela Tamayo are four professional players looking for her when there is no women’s league in Colombia. – Photo: players’ personal archive

“We go to a place called La 16, we unload or buy scrap metal. I put the boxes on the truck, and had to load up to 130 tiles to occupy warehouses, loading racks, and tool boxes. I drive a truck and sometimes do some errands to survive,” Angie Cano, 21-year-old Courtois No.10 midfielder who works in a junkyard, admitted.

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In addition, the level of education is usually higher for women. Maria, for example, is a professional in international business. Tatiana is a technical expert in accounting and finance and is finishing her degree in physical education. Daniela wants to become a professional in sports and Angie has already finished her studies.

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