The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has called for more partnerships from the corporate world to promote women football development following the commencement of the Women Super League on 6 May. This comes amid baseless claims that the women’s top flight league is dysfunctional despite it having started two weeks ago.
Zifa Communications and Competitions manager Xolisani Gwesela said the league is fully funded by Zifa and urged people to desist from denigrating efforts made by the national association in promoting women football.
“We have noted with dismay, media reports that women football is dysfunctional. Such reports are false, baseless and without facts as the league is running smoothly. The league commenced two weeks ago and is fully funded by Zifa,” Gwesela told the association’s official website www.zifa.org.zw.
Gwesela further underscored ZIFA’s keen focus on elevating women through football; a dream which can only be realised with full support from all Zimbabweans.
“The association, led by Dr Phillip Chiyangwa, values the development of women’s football and the eventual emancipation of women through sport, therefore, it will never abdicate from its responsibilities. ZIFA urges those responsible for manufacturing and spreading such falsehoods to desist from doing so and instead, partner Zifa in the developing and promoting women football,” he added.
ZIFA’s thrust to have a smoothly running and competitive league is premised on creating a strong national team ahead of the 2017 Council of Southern Africa Football Associations’(COSAFA) Women’s Championship to be held in Bulawayo in September, featuring eight countries.
The Zimbabwe Women Super League is made up of 16 teams, namely Hearts of Oak, New Orleans, Street Set, Mufakose Queens, Borrow Street Jets, Mwenezana Queens, Conduit Academy, Blue Swallows, Cyclone Stars, ZRP Harare, Masvingo Queens, Inline Academy, Faith Drive Queens, Chipembere Queens, Zvishavane Pirates and Correctional Queens.
The Zimbabwe women Super League is chaired by Rosemary Kanonge and she is deputised by Bulawayo business woman Samkeliso Silengane. Other members of the Executive committee include Samkeliso Ndhlovu, Babra Chikosi, Caroline Ndlovu, and Luckmore Marufu.
Teams have already played two matches into the season, and the fixtures for week 3 are as follows:
Saturday 20 May
Hearts of Oak vs New Orleans; 1000 hours, Barbourfields Stadium
Street Set vs Mufakose Queens; 1300 hours, Barbourfields Stadium
Borrow Jets vs Mwenezana Queens;1100 hours, Luveve Stadium
Conduit Academy vs Blue Swallows; 1300 hours, Madoda Stadium
Cyclone Stars vs ZRP Harare; 1000 hours, Harare High School
Masvingo Queens vs In Line Academy; 1300 hours, Mucheke Stadium
Faith Drive Queens vs Chipembere Queens; 1100 hours, Nyamahuru High
Sunday 21 May
Zvishavane Pirates vs Correctional Queens 1200 hours Kadondo Stadium