The Zimbabwe Women Super League (ZWSL) received a shot in the arm when Zimbabwe Football Association President, Dr Phillip Chiyangwa, gave playing equipment worth US$110 000 to all affiliated clubs.
Each of the teams received boots, socks, shin guards, bibs, ball nets, gloves, a ball, and full kits for the whole team.
The newly elected women football leadership, together with affiliated women super league clubs, completed a two-day induction course held at the ZIFA Village.
Members of the Women Football executive, standing committee members and club representatives were taken through topics like leadership, management, communication and coaching by experts in the respective fields.
Coaches instructor, Nelson Matongorere, ZIFA Communications Manager, Xolisani Gwesela, Premier Soccer League Chief Executive Officer, Kennedy Ndebele, ZIFA Technical Director, Wilson Mutekede and women football administrator, Theresa Maguraushe were among the facilitators at the workshop.
Addressing participants and delegates at the conclusion of the capacity building workshop, the ZIFA President pledged to fully support continued development of women football.
“We shall continue to support FIFA’s efforts in the emancipation of women and the growth and development of women football.
“It is my hope that women football will rise from this [donation of equipment] and excite fans and attract sponsorship such that from 2018 onwards, corporate partners will come on board,” Dr Chiyangwa said.
Dr Chiyangwa urged the women football leadership to be fully commit to the cause of uplifting their game without obsessing much with the financial reward.
On top of the playing equipment, Dr Chiyangwa also said ZIFA has allocated US$40 000 to the ZWSL in order to cater for travelling expenses when their season kicks off.
Women Football chairperson, Rosemary Kanonge, her deputy, Samukeliso Silengane, and all board members were present.