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Giwa, Kwinji 15 for Germany

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National Under -20 coaches — Langton Giwa and his assistant Sithethelelwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda — will next month leave for Germany for a coaching course.

The two-week long course has been facilitated by German national Klaus Pagels who is Zifa technical adviser.

Women football boss Mavis Gumbo disclosed the duo’s trip during national the women’s football council meeting that was held in the capital on Saturday.

Sibanda and Giwa are expected to leave for the European country at the end of April.

“We have received a letter from Zifa technical adviser Klaus Pagels who has seconded our national Under-20 coaches Langton Giwa and Sithethelelwe Sibanda for a training course in Germany. The facilitators will cater for the coaches upkeep and we are only required to raise their airfares. We are very committed to the development of our coaches’ , especially for the national teams so we will do everything in our power to avail them with the air tickets,” said Gumbo.

The Young Mighty Warriors are also set for a similar jaunt if they qualify for the World Cup finals to be held in Japan later this year.

The Giwa-coached side meet Nigeria in the second round of the qualifiers in a fortnight.

Meanwhile, the women council meeting agreed to start junior development programmes as they seek to tap talent from grassroots.

Presenting her annual activity report, Gumbo said she was happy with the strides her board had made in developing women’s football in the country as evidenced by the setting up of the National Women Football League and the two national teams.

One of the major achievements for her board, she said, was the securing of a sponsorship deal through Marange Resources Limited who poured in $3 million into women’s football.

“Zimbabwe Women Football Board is still committed to the turnaround of the fortunes of women football in Zimbabwe, starting at lower levels like the area zones and the primary school level. In order to achieve this, we must continue the engagement of all stakeholders that include the government, the corporate world, media and all the other partners relevant to the development of women football.

“Marange Resources Limited sponsorship will go a long way in the history of women football as the first organisation which has listened to the crying voices of women in Zimbabwe. However, it is our hope that more partnerships will come on board to help decentralise our catchment areas to as far as area zones and districts,” said Gumbo

Among her recommendations, Gumbo said there should be continuous engagement of schools to introduce women football in their curriculum, getting sponsorship for junior leagues as well as appointing regional coaches to help with talent identification.

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