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ANCWL condemns Afcon women ban

Some Afcon teams have apparently asked that women be banned from sitting in certain sections of stadia.

Some of the teams performing in Afcon 2013 have apparently asked that women be banned from sitting in certain sections of stadia during the tournament. Picture: SAPA stringer

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Women's League (ANCWL) on Friday condemned reports that women could possibly be banned from some parts of stadia during the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, which begins at the National Stadium on Saturday.

It is being reported that women will not be allowed in the lower level of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The Daily Sun reported this week that Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and Niger teams had raised concerns about women being seated near the players' change rooms - as it would bring them bad luck.

The ANCWL spokesperson, Troy Martens, said they hoped the local organising committee would not allow that to happen.

"We're quite confident that the local organisers and Afcon will come to their senses and realise that you can't discriminate on women, basically on their gender, and we really are urging women to go to the stadiums and refuse to be discriminated against."