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Zim bid team off to Zurich

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A Zimbabwean delegation on Wednesday left the country for Zurich, Switzerland where they will present the country’s formal bid to host the Women’s Football World Cup in 2015.

The country is competing against Canada for the right to host the competition and the two bidding countries are required to submit their bids at Fifa headquarters by Friday.

The world soccer governing body’s executive committee will then vote to decide who will host the event when it meets on March 2.

The winner of this bid will also stage the 2014 Under-20 football extravaganza which will act as the harbinger to the bigger event.

This year’s Women’s World Cup tournament will be held in Germany.

Zimbabwe Women Soccer League boss Mavis Gumbo confirmed to NewsDay on Wednesday that a team had left for Zurich with their formal bid booklet.

“I have every reason to believe that Fifa will support us on this one because they want to leave a legacy in Africa. If they give us the right to host the World Cup, they will definitely help in developing the infrastructure and women’s football on the continent,” added Gumbo.

Gumbo said despite the negative image the country had in the eyes of the outside world, Zimbabwe still had a good chance to host the World Cup.

“When South Africa put their name forward to host the 2010 Fifa World cup, everyone was pessimistic but the South Africans gave us a wonderful soccer showpiece. The negative image we have will not affect our bid at all. We need to have a positive mind and to believe in ourselves. This is sport we are talking about and it has nothing to do with politics so I’m still hopeful Fifa will grant us the opportunity,” added Gumbo.

Zimbabwe have never qualified for the Women’s World Cup. Only Ghana and Nigeria have represented the African continent at the five previous five tournaments.

The Canadian women team are ranked ninth in the world while the Mighty Warriors are a distant 103rd.

However, Zimbabwe women’s football has experienced a dramatic change of fortunes in recent months as the team made a spectacular return to the international fold with high profile two-legged friendly match against South Africa late last year.

The Rosemary Mugadza-coached Mighty Warriors, who are in camp at the moment will begin their road to the Zone VI All-Africa Games with a preliminary first round qualifier against Zambia at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

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