After a long sabbatical from mainstream football Zhanira Girls Soccer team has found its way back into regional women’s league.
Financial constraints had kicked out the women outfit from the competitive tier.
Former football Referee for Midlands Province and the team’s coach Chakanetsa Vakisayi who spoke to this publication said, Zhanirai Girls team last played in the league after the team had experienced subdued financial support from the local business community.
“Zhanira last appeared in the Central Region League Division One in 2017 when the team faced serious financial support which could sustain the team during the football season,” Vakisayi said.
In an interview with this publication, Vakisayi said Zhanira Football Club is a community team based in Redcliff which started in 2010.
“Zhanira is a community team based in Redcliff and it started in 2010 with the aim of upgrading women soccer in the district,” he said.
“Due to financial challenges and lack of support from the business community and the corporate world, the team withdrew from the Central Region League between the years 2017 and 2018,” he said.
Preparations for this season have already started and the team board has proposed to start the league on 25 May this month.
Trainings are being conducted at Rutendo Stadium in Redcliff were they have been offered a ground by the local authority.
Meanwhile, Vakisayi expressed skepticism over the lack of support that is being given to women when it comes to sports.
He appealed to the SRC and ZIFA board saying they must put in measures that consider women as people that are of greater importance in the sports sector and disregard the issues of discrimination.
He said women football is still lagging behind in this region because financial support is being given to men more than women.
“In 2014 and 2015 Manunure High School and Mbizo High joined the Central Region league in women football and withdrew because of the lack of support from the sports sector,” he said.