“It’s a life changing experience,”
These are sentiments of the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) Central Region Soccer League administrator, Violet Jubane, who made history recently by becoming the first ever ZIFA employee and third female Zimbabwean to enroll for the International Master in Management, Sports Law and Humanities of Sport; FIFA Master.
Jubane (33) harbours a noble dream which she believes will come into fruition when she completes FIFA Master.
“I am passionate about establishing a sports consulting business in future and this programme broadens my network which I think is extremely critical in the sports industry.
“I want to equip myself with best knowledge and skills which are relevant to my job at the federation and I think FIFA Master is the best platform.
“Football is a predominantly male terrain; having the best skills and knowledge is the only way for a female to survive and get due recognition,” she said.
One would be forgiven to assume that she has been an ardent fan of football her entire life but she confessed that she fell for the beautiful game after watching the 2006 World Cup on television.
“It started in 2006 after I graduated from high school and I watched the 2006 FIFA World Cup on TV. I still have fresh memories and that moment created a spark in my mind,” she reminisced.
Twelve years later, she was privileged to watch a World Cup match live in a stadium stadium in Russia after attending the Sport and Future International Conference in Moscow.
This June, Violet was the Zimbabwe delegate at 59th International Session for Young Participant Session in Ancient Olympia, Greece to discuss how can Olympic sports play a positive role in International diplomacy.
Jubane is in her eighth year with the federation and during that period she has continuously enhanced her knowledge and skills by voluntarism and enrolling for personal development programmes.
In 2017 she graduated with a diploma in FIFA/CIES Executive Programme in Sport Management from Nelson Mandela University and in June 2019 she enrolled for the Mandela Washington fellowship leadership programme in USA.
Pursuing her ambition has seen her travel a lot leaving her young family behind but she has their support and she is driven by the desire to be a role model to her son.
“I was so excited but on the other hand worried [on acceptance for the FIFA Master] about leaving my family back home for a while.
“But because of the support, trust and courage that I get from them, I decided to embark on the journey. I want to be a role model to my son and other women who might be in situations similar to mine,” she said.
Already in her second month now, Jubane is already looking forward to early 2020 when she will return home to continue her work in football, this time with vast worldly knowledge from the European template.
FIFA Master is a -long programme created to promote management education within the sports world. The diploma is jointly offered by three European universities namely De Montfort University in Leicester (England), SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan (Italy) and the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland).