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Historic women national football league kicks off

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The ground-breaking National Women Football Super League finally kicked off on Saturday with five games played across the country.

The hugely-anticipated league, first of its kind in the history of the country has ten teams and has already found a sponsor who will be unveiled this week.

Zimbabwe National Women Football league boss, Mavis Gumbo said: “It’s a dream come true for my executive and the country as a whole, we should be celebrating together.”

“When we came into office last year we set goals for ourselves, we wanted women football to be recognised in the country once again.

“The only way we could do that was to start a national league similar to that one of our male counterparts. At first it looked like an ambitious project considering that we had no resources and the teams had not been assembled.

“We had to start from scratch, finding a sponsor for the league and also to constitute teams that would be competitive enough. It was not easy for us, but with the support from some individuals, the corporate world and the government we have managed to pull it off.

“I’m still encouraging the corporate world to continue supporting our brand and I can assure them they won’t be disappointed.”

Gumbo revealed that the Sylvia Dube Memorial Service, a company that was formed in honour of the late wife of current Zifa president Cuthbert Dube is the league’s title sponsor.

Women soccer also turned the corner this year when the national team, the Mighty Warriors spectacularly booked a ticket for the Zone VI All-Africa Games to be held in Mozambique later this year.

Back to action, it was goals galore in the season opener with teams posting huge wins.

Harare side Black Rhinos Queens whacked fellow army side Chipembere Queens, who are based in Gweru, 12-0 at 2 Brigade Grounds while Cyclone Stars of Harare also harvested a dozen goals away to Mutare’s Faith Drive Queens at Sakubva Stadium.

Mufakose Queens were also not in a lenient mood as they embarrassed hosts Masvingo Queens 11-1 at Mucheke Stadium.

Bulawayo-based In-Line Academy, which stars Mighty Warriors star striker Rudo Neshamba beat Flame Lily 2-1 with Neshamba scoring the decisive goal at Sikhulile High School. Loveness Kwicho scored for Flame Lily.

Bulawayo giants New Orleans thrashed COSA Guruve 5-0 at Mudhindo in Guruve to complete the weekend fixtures.

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