Women’s football receives boost

By Zbc Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Women’s Football teams in the Northern region received a boost at the weekend when they received equipment which included playing kits from the World football governing body, FIFA as part of the development grant meant to grow and develop the sport at the grassroots level.
The assortment of equipment was distributed among the 10 women’s clubs with each club receiving a playing kit and training bibs, footballs, cones, tactics boards, pumps, whistles among other things.

ZWF Northern region league Chairperson, Peter Gonyora said the consignment which arrived late last year is part of a Fifa development grant meant to grow and develop the women’s game from the grassroots level.
‘The equipment came from Zifa and is intended to all affiliates and is for the 10 teams that were participating in the northern region in the 2019 seaon. Those in the Superleague also received their consignment. This year there is a going to be another consignment again from Fifa and Zifa will distribute it all to its affiliates,’ said Gonyora.
“We are happy to receive such assistance, it is through such initiatives that we can grow the women’s game,’ I know this year will have a bigger league with new teams and those being demoted from the Super League joining us,’ says Gonyora
The Handover of the equipment, was to all the 10 clubs who included champions Harare City Queens, Black Rhinos Queens, Yadah Queens, Maningi Academy, Sodbury Spiders, Maningi, Penyai, Star Queens, Chinhoyi, SK Academy & Field Rulers took place at the ZWF Northern region’s newly acquired office at the Chinese built giant 60 000 seater National Sports stadium.
The Northern region is the second tier of Zimbabwe Women’s football after the Super League together with the Southern region league. The winners of the two league get promoted into the Superleague with bottom two teams relegated to the regional leagues.
The Northern region clubs AGM held soon after discussed and adopted among other issues rules & regulations for the 2020 season, a competitive league, financial reports and chairman’s report from 2019 season, registration and affiliation fees, referees fees as well as fixtures for 2020.
Zimbabwe Women’s football Northern region Board member competitions, Nicholas Zifa, of Harare City Queens said the clubs had adopted the Rules & Regulations for 2020 season and a proposed three year strategic plan.

‘We also agreed as clubs to meet the Zifa referees committee headed by Kenny Marange so that we have some of the girls (retired players and those interested) to be trained as referees. We felt referees fees were a bit too steep while referees felt they could not meet their transports costs from last year’s fees, so a stop-gap measure, going forward will have more girls training as referees,’ said Zifa.
‘As a league, we also welcomed a new team Gweshe from Mashonaland Central area of Chiweshe and Penyai who had pulled out of the league last year due to the challenging economic conditions. Other clubs re-joining after being demoted from the Super League include Cyclone Stars, ZRP Harare Province, Ngezi Scorpions, Oakland Queens from Bindura to make it a 15 team league,’ said Zifa.
Clubs also adopted the amended Northern region constitution that will be incorporated into the Zifa constitution.
‘While it is a requirement that 95 percent of the Board members should be women, it was discovered that men are dominating the administration of the women’s game, a sticking point when it comes to the Fifa statutes & requirements,’ said Zifa.
Despite receiving the equipment from Fifa, northern region clubs are not happy with the failure to attract corporate sponsors and that the national football governing body, Zifa dictates how funds allocated to women from Fifa must be used to the Zimbabwe women’s soccer league and also selects who should accompany women’s national teams to foreign lands during national duty.