Bruce Chikuni, Sports Reporter
Mighty Warriors coach Sithethelewe ‘Kwinji 15’ Sibanda believes the suspension of football will have a negative impact to her Cosafa Cup bound team.
Zimbabwe are set to participate at the tournament to be hosted in South Africa in September.
Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela said the team will travel if they get the greenlight from the Sports and Recreation Commission.
“We have confirmed the participation for the 2021 Women Championship. We can only participate if the government gives us the nod. It is the government with final say. That is all I can say for now,” said Gwesela.
And speaking on her team’s readiness, Kwinji 15 expressed concern over the inactivity of football for almost 18 months.
“I am not sure when will (women) football resume but I am optimistic that it is a matter of time before things get back to normal.
“This pandemic has dented the development of girl child involvement in sports particularly in football. I am pretty sure that some of the girls will not be in a position to play football again even if we are to get the green light.
“I urge the girls to stay focused in these trying times. If you know that football is your profession, it is wise to do whatever it takes to stay in shape and seek advices from coaches while observing the precautionary measures imposed by the government,” said Sibanda.