Staff Reporter – The Zimbabwe Daily
Harare, Zimbabwe – The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has conveyed its support towards women’s football in the country.
Last week, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced its intention of inaugurating a women’s championship league in 2021 which ZIFA has welcomed.
“It’s an excellent opportunity and a great testament that CAF is committed to the empowerment and development of women through football. Such a competition will strengthen women’s football leagues in Africa and ensure that women football becomes professional.
However, Zimbabwe has always been participating in such CAF tournaments and we welcome CAF’s wonderful idea which will without doubt empower our women footballers.
Furthermore, we already have a women’s soccer league and we are convinced that this will further cement professionalism in women football,” said Xolisani Gwesela, ZIFA spokesperson.
Highlanders chairperson, Kenneth Mhlophe, also welcomed the women’s championship league citing that it will help further strengthen women’s football in the country and the continent at large.
“The women’s championship league is a blessing in disguise, we do not have a league running hence, it was going to be difficult to assemble a strong team representing the country’s talent.
Henceforth, it is the right time to have a professional women’s league in the country.
Moreso, the US$500 000 grant from FIFA for women should be an incentive to run a professional league,” said the Highlanders chairperson.