Women's football meeting on today

HARARE - The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) and the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) will  meet all women’s football stakeholders in Harare, this morning, to iron out problems affecting the game.

Despite the Mighty Warriors qualifying for the Rio Olympic Games and the Africa Women’s Nations Cup in Cameroon, there has been chaos in women’s football.

There has been no national league since 2013 with the administration of the game split between two factions — one led by Miriam Sibanda and the other by Elizabeth Langa.

Minister of Sport Makhosini Hlongwane will also address the gathering and is expected to outline government’s expectations with regards to women football.

“The challenges that are currently affecting women’s football cannot be left unattended, and as the SRC we have decided to meet with all the stakeholders involved with women’s football so that together we can come up with a lasting solution,” SRC acting director general Joseph Muchechetere said in a statement.

SRC last year commissioned an inquiry into the state of women’s football and Obadiah Moyo’s committee made a number of key observations among them that there was no proper support system from Zifa and also there were too many inter and intra fighting among the stakeholders which stifled the growth and development of the game.

“The stakeholders should bear in mind that this meeting is not meant to fault find, accuse each other or to denigrate one another, rather it is meant to build the future of women’s football hence the need for positive and constructive engagement,” the SRC statement read.

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