ZIMBABWE Women Football received a major boost yesterday with the launch of the Net One football tournament sponsored to the tune of $75 000.
According to the draw of the knock out football tournament conducted in Harare yesterday, the teams which finished in the top four in the 2012 campaign received a bye into the quarter finals.
Twelve teams will take part in the tournament with Black Rhinos Queens, Mufakose Queens, Cyclone Stars and Inline Academy seeded.
Black Rhinos Queens will face the winner of the first round between Newlands Queens and Burrow Jets while the winner between Aces Youth Academy and Flame Lily will face off Cyclone Stars.
The winner between Auckland and Conduits Stars will meet Inline soccer academy with the winner between Tenax Queens and Masvingo facing off Mufakose Queens.
The quarter finals are scheduled to take place on February 1 with semi-finals provisionally set for February 8 while the final has been scheduled for February 22.
In a speech read on her behalf, Mavis Gumbo — the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Women Football paid tribute to NetOne for their sponsorship.
“When we made the initial call to NetOne, they did not hang up on us. They did not tell us it was a missed call. They did not even tell us they were not available. They responded to us positively. And the fruits of that connection are what we see today.
“Last year was not the best for women football. We had our ups and downs. While we toured faraway places like Uruguay and conquered our regional rivals, we did not play the national league. While we waited for another good thing to come in the return of the national league, we also put a call through to NetOne.
This knock out tournament we are launching today is the answer,” said Gumbo.
NetOne managing director Reward Kangai said. “We are here to cement NetOne’s involvement in the most beautiful game- football this time in the women’s game.
Women’s football has risen in world recognition in recent times and we are proud of our association with Zimbabwe women football league. We have had numerous discussions with the chairperson over the development of women’s football in Zimbabwe and NetOne has participated in this development by sponsoring the Mighty Warriors in some of their international assignments.”
NetOne also sponsors the annual PSL Charity Shield tournament.