Real Betis Academy to launch U19 girls team

By Skilder Makona
Real Betis Academy Zimbabwe is set to launch its Under-19 girls’ team next month with the objective of developing the women’s game in the country.
Women’s football in the country is set to receive a major boost following revelations by Real Betis Academy Zimbabwe that it will launch an U19 girls team next month.
The launch, which is going to be either physically or virtually depending on the COVID-19 situation in the country, is earmarked to transform the face of the women’s game in Zimbabwe which has of late suffered drastically.
“We are really excited that our academy is being supported and since the launch it is our vision to see football development in the country. By so doing we are pleased to announce that plans are afoot to launch a girls side in tandem with our parent club in Spain so that the women’s game can also benefit from such structures.
“Women’s football has suffered major setbacks and it is our belief that girls need our support and exposure to showcase their talents, hence the launch of the girls U19 side.”
Sibanda also added that if everything goes according to plan, the U18 boys team will tour Spain later in the year.
“We had plans to send our U18 boys to Spain in March where they will have an opportunity to play other teams and be scouted but because of the obtaining situation we are now targeting the end of summer around June or so. Who knows we might have one or two boys being picked and they will kick start their footballing careers that side which will be a plus for us as a nation.”
The academy, which is an affiliate of Spanish LaLiga side Real Betis, was launched in Harare late last year with Murape Murape appointed head coach, deputised by Gift Lunga Jnr, Johannes Ngodzo and Tichaona Dhiya.

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