Zim hosts women champs

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After successfully hosting the Cosafa Women’s tournament coupled with the senior national team’s success on the continent, Zifa has been offered a chance to host the African Women’s Championships next year.

Zifa board member (finance) Elliot Kasu announced at a Press conference on Tuesday that they had received an offer letter from Confederation of African Football (Caf) to stage the continental showcase in October next year.

According to him, Caf in that letter outlined the requirements which include a government guarantee and promised to give Zimbabwe the right to host bigger African tournaments such as the men’s version — if they do well on this one.

“To show their appreciation and confidence in the current administration, they have written to us offering us the opportunity to host the Caf women’s tournament,” said Kasu.

“This is also because of the way we staged the Cosafa tournament, which was a success.”

Minister of Education, Arts, Sports and Culture, David Coltart, who was at the same function made a promise that the government would take up the offer.

“We will wait for formal comunication on that, but it is government policy that we should host such events so that we improve the image of the country and improve tourism.”

The qualifiers of next year’s finals are set for January next year, but if Zifa can get a government guarantee and take up the offer, the Mighty Warriors, who are the reigning Cosafa champions, will be spared the qualifying phase as hosts.

The Press briefing witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Zifa and the ministry over a Fifa project to develop football at the grassroots.

Zimbabwe is one of eight African countries that will benefit from a project that will see Fifa invest in primary schools, targeting the 6-12-year age group.

Schools will benefit from financial resources, equipment and training that will be provided by Fifa.

Zimbabwe is one of eight countries that will start getting support as the programme gets underway.