By Anashe Murombedzi
THE country has been urged to take women’s football seriously after the Mighty Warriors’ shortcomings were exposed by Botswana in the last qualifying round for the Africa Women Cup of Nations.
With the Mighty Warriors failing to qualify for the Africa Women Cup of Nations after being edged by Botswana on an away goals rule, the focus has shifted to addressing the elephant in the room.
While to their credit the Sport and Recreation Commission provided the necessary support with Zimbabwe travelling to Botswana on a chartered flight, the two legs against Botswana exposed the Mighty Warriors’ lack of game time.
The inactivity of women’s football came back to haunt the Mighty Warriors as they were not in the best physical condition for such a huge task.
“This is something that is derailing our women football in the country other countries have kicked of their leagues but we are not doing at least if there was no issue of the league playing on even tournaments I think it can help our girls in shape hopefully we can sort out the return of the league so that our players remain active,” said Sithethelelwe Sibanda, the Mighty Warriors coach.
What is clear is that Women’s football is crying out for help with former Mighty Warriors captain and coach, Rosemary Mugadza in a passionate plea for the nation to take women’s football seriously.
“We should have women’s teams in the super league, or division one or grassroots and school leagues because we’re legging behind we applaud we can raise a team that can go outside and compete and be counted amongst the best in the world so that when we play our matches we need to improve,” said Mugadza.
“Women football is going to be one of the best sports to be watched as CAF have introduced the club championships for women’s teams that shows that there’s growth in women football but it all needs support for us to go as a nation and be among the best to compete in major tournaments like Olympics and World Cup.”
With men’s football is back on the radar and most Premier Soccer League clubs establishing women’s teams in line with CAF Club licensing regulations, the custodians of the game have their work cut to ensure the resumption of the women’s football league.
Meanwhile, the Mighty Warriors arrived back home this Thursday after their 2-0 second-leg victory over Botswana which was unfortunately not enough to take them to Morocco.