Tapuwa Tsaha, Sports Reporter
The Zimbabwe Women’s Soccer League vice chairperson Wilbert Rambanapasi believes this season will be more organised following the release of the 2019 Super League fixtures.
The league will commence on April 16 with most of the teams already showing commitment to play.
Rambanapasi says they are ensuring that the league runs smoothly this year and have already taken measures to assist women football clubs.
“We expect a well-oiled competitive league that would give birth to a strong national team.
“Our national team last year took a slumber on international competitions and I think it was due to lack of competitive league.
“Our clubs are struggling to make ends meet and to run a club calls for a lot of money. We have already come in hand by giving 10 match balls to each of the 16 clubs,” he said.
The vice chairperson added that teams have started on the affiliation program and the committee is working on making sure the league is viable this season.
“Clubs have started affiliating. We are negotiating with Zifa that once clubs affiliate, DTMS (Domestic transfer matching System) comes into play in order to control the movement of players.
“Last year clubs failed to fulfil some of the fixtures. It was due to financial constraints which we feel if we don’t come to their rescue we would have a repeat of the situation.
“Like I said, giving balls is a sign that we want to help out the clubs fulfil their fixtures. We are also debating on issues of helping clubs by paying referees on their behalf,” Rambanapasi said.
The Super League will have 16 teams this season.
Zimbabwe Super League Fixtures
Match day 1
Harare City Queens vs Black Rhinos Queens
Borrow Jets vs Hearts of Oak
Faith Drive Queens vs Correctional Queens
ZRP Harare Queens vs Conduit Academy
MSU Queens vs ZRP Queens
Auckaland Queens vs Weerams Queens
Ngezi Scorpion Queens vs Herentals Queens
Blue Swallows Queens vs Cyclone Stars