A local charity organisation came to the rescue of the women’s soccer reigning champions in Mutasa district who despite outclassing other teams lacked sponsorship and support to compete for honours at provincial and national competitions.

Sagambe Secondary School in Mutasa district is known as a women’s soccer powerhouse in the district, with the team’s prowess on the field of play catching the attention of a local charity organisation, Tendai Chitova Foundation, which donated a sporting kit, mattresses and learning materials worth $50 000.

Patron of the foundation Tendai Chitova says the donation to his former school is out of realisation that schools in remote areas lack support, especially the girl child.

“We were touched by the situation that the team is performing although the girls are playing football barefooted and without sportswear. Our support is also driven by the need to support sports at the grassroots level and more importantly the girl child,” he said.

Sagambe Secondary School Headmaster, Joyline Kuhudzai and Sports Director Lloyd Chetovhoro commended Chitova Foundation for supporting the team that carries hopes of the district.

“We are proud of the women soccer team as it is one of the school flagships in terms of performance but we had no capacity to effectively support the team. The donation by Chitova Foundation comes at an opportune time as the girls have qualified for the provincial finals. The donation will remove the disgrace of seeing the girls playing barefooted and without a sporting kit,” they said.

Calls have been made to widen the scouting of talent by visiting rural communities where talent is not being effectively identified for the good of players and the game of football.