The Zimbabwe football governing body ZIFA has assured fans of the most followed up sport football of more enabling technicalities and policies for the development of women’s football.
Mr. Mutekede the ZIFA Technical Manager told yours truly that a comprehensive plan to uplift the standards of women football is in place. ZIFA has a grassroots soccer coaches development course which has to date trained over 50 school teachers, the ZIFA levels One and Two which have to date been resourced to seventy female coaches and the FIFA licenses.
Six female coaches have the FIFA C Football Coaching license, two have a B Football Coaching license and only one coach has a FIFA A Football Coaching license. ZIFA subsidises women in their soccer coaches training and during this Covid19 Induced lockdown there has been an online refresher course for both men and women coaches, he said.
Mr. Mutekede revealed that the sixteen teams in the Zimbabwe Women Soccer League are all coached by female coaches with or without assistance of men as an option.
The move is in compliance with CAF and FIFA regulations. Said Mr. Mutekede. He however lamented lack of adequate sponsorship for the female teams.
The ZIFA technical Manager hailed the Zimbabwe Defense Forces teams namely the Zimbabwe Correctional Services, ZRP and Black Rhinos for being pace setters in sponsoring women’s soccer.
Mr. Mutekede was quick to say that more has to be done to improve women’s soccer in schools, the four divisions in the four regions and at national level, and corporate intervention is still a pre requisite.
The Mighty Warriors are a force to reckon globally and have so far exported two international players namely, Immaculate Msipa and Rutendo Makore.
The senior Mighty Warriors Coach Sithethelewe Sibanda has a CAF A license, whilst her predecessor Rosemary Mugadza has a CAF Coaches Badge and is striving for an A license. Said Mutekede.
The technical director did not hesitate to reveal that in would need Mrs. Barbra Chikosi the Zimbabwe Women Soccer Chair to reveal more issues on the ground, whilst it would also need the ZIFA Chief Executive to explain more on how the international football boards such as CAF and FIFA have to come in strongly with resources to elevate the situation with Zimbabwe’s Soccer.
Story by Tendai A. Sauta. (18-03-2020)