Women’s sport has largely been over looked in today’s society, especially in Zimbabwe. That is why it was joyous sight to behold when five women’s soccer teams played some friendly matches in Highfield, Harare.
The fields were uneven and patchy, and there was even some litter on the field of play. However, that didn’t deter the determined and passionate women who showed up to enjoy a day on the field to play the beloved game! Such was their motivation that there were constant words and shout of encouragement throughout the day as the ladies competed.
The five teams consisted of ZRP, Harare South Queens, East London Bwada Bwada, Cyclones Starlets, Fire Queens and Steplefold. The friendlies were part of the “Women In Sport” District Development programme, which was facilitated by Ivy Chinamora and Michael Chiwasa, the chairperson and vice chairperson of the Harare Province Women football league respectively.
The aim of the football games was to facilitate a platform for women to play sports and destigmatize the idea of the girl child being an active sportsperson. Additionally, the programme also aims to rehabilitated disadvantaged women such as sex workers, through the power of sport. As such there were women from all walks of life, which made sure that the occasion was a positive step in the right direction from women’s sport.
It is the organisers hope that the friendlies can help draw a sponsor for the Harare Women’s Football League. Hopefully, it will prove to be a telling moment in the leagues history, as the enthusiasm of the women participating in the event showed that there is potential for the Rudo Neshamba to be unearthed, if the right amount of support is received.
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