Homes World Cup team in quandary

HARARE - The Poland-bound Zimbabwe team for Children from Care Homes World Cup was Wednesday night still running around to find sponsorship for their kit and five air tickets.

The 12-member delegation is set to leave Thursday evening for the two-day World Cup that kicks off this weekend at the Pepsi Arena Stadium in Warsaw.

The team was however still appealing for donations to go towards their training, playing kits, tracksuits and football boots.

Besides the kit donation, the team was by Wednesday night also still to secure funding for five air tickets after Old Mutual and Telecel Zimbabwe provided the team with the seven air tickets.

E-Sport and the Mayors’ Cheer Fund donated t-shirts for the team while Premier Services Medical Investment donated a medical aid kit.

Kutting Edge Sport Consultants managing consultant, Maimba Mapuranga, who is organising the trip said: “We are doing all we can to make the trip a success, the good news is that we have received promises and we are just waiting to hear from those who have made pledges.

“As of now, the children are yet to get soccer boots and tracksuits, they have totally nothing, but we are hoping to secure something so that we represent our country with pride.

“In essence, I know teams like the Warriors are the Zimbabwe ambassadors but this is also a national cause. It will be an embarrassment to be in Poland without the said basics.”

The players in the Zimbabwe team were hand-picked from the nine teams that participated in the Celebrate the Children Sports Festival held last year.

The homes include Mutoko’s Mother of Peace, Fairfield Children’s Home of Rusape, Chiredzi Children’s home, Midlands, Ponesai Vanhu of Shamva, SOS Harare, Hupenyu Hutsva (Highfield) and Emerald Hill Children’s Home.

Zimbabwe squad: Tatenda Chimunhu, Dudzai Chimusasa, Blessing Chimusasa, Blessing Muparu, Dennis Chitototo, Desmond Gwaku, Rumbidzai Sigauke, Kudakwashe Makope, Theresa Tigere.

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