Some of the 23 teams in the reconstituted Zimbabwe Women’s Soccer League (WSL) are trying to catch up by playing twice a week after joining late.
Seven clubs from the former Northern Region League were accepted late and are playing outstanding fixtures during the mid-week since the Zimbabwe WSL commenced on the 6th of May.
A national women’s football league returned this year after a four-year timeout with a united national women’s league bankrolled by the football mother body.
In a pick of this week’s fixtures Black Rhinos will play log leaders Herentals at One Commando Barracks on Wednesday.
Rhinos are yet to lose a match as they beat ZRP Morris Depot 3-nil at the weekend in their sixth match of season.
Newcomers Midlands State University and Weerams drew nil-all at MSU in Gweru, Mwenezana beat Mutare’s Faith Drive 1-nil while Zvishavane Pirates beat Mufakose Queens 2-1.
Correctional Services thrashed Vungo 14-nil while Blue Swallows beat Bulawayo’s Cyclone 4-nil at Manyame Air Force of Zimbabwe airbase.
ZRP Queens beat Hearts of Oak 6-1 while Bindura based Auckland beat ZRP Harare 5-nil at Herman Gmeiner.
Log leaders Herentals were supposed to host Highlanders Royals from Bulawayo who pulled out of the league citing financial challenges.
There are still challenges with referees’ fees as match officials are demanding payment upfront as was the case with the former Northern Region League which used to deposit match fees with the referees’ association in advance on Fridays prior to matches.
Some of the matches have been starting late, well after the stipulated times due to the issue of match fees.
ZIFA boss Phillip Chiyangwa pledged to give women’s national league teams US$400 each for travel and referees fees during an induction workshop to help ease challenge and enable clubs fulfil fixtures which according to clubs is not enough.
It is hoped a well-run, united and competitive women’s league will be able to attract corporate sponsors and promote the girl child while consolidating the accomplishments already made by the girl child.