The Zimbabwe national women’s league is in shambles and proving to be a challenge for the women’s football administration headed by Rosemary Kanonge.
The newly envisaged and united league has been characterised by chaos and poor administrative boobs as 24 teams have proved to be a mammoth task to manage.
Viability problems could ruin the success of the women’s national league as teams are complaining about the high number of teams involved.
Some of the clubs questioned the logic behind taking non-competitive clubs who are unable to fulfill all their fixtures to form a national league.
They argued that 24 teams are a bit too much under the current harsh economic environment and already some clubs are failing to fulfill their fixtures.
Clubs have complained about the congested fixtures and late announcement or short notice given as teams need to make transport and welfare arrangements to travel for matches.
Some teams are struggling to fulfill fixtures because of cash and travel constraints although ZIFA boss Phillip Chiyangwa pledged to give women’s national league teams US$400 each for travel and referees fees during a workshop to help ease challenge and enable clubs fulfill fixtures which according to clubs is not enough.
Referees fees are also proving to be a challenge for some as former northern region clubs used to deposit the money with the referee associations prior to the matches due to the cash crisis.
Some clubs are already advocating the Zimbabwe national women’s league be split into two regions northern and southern as was the case before to make it viable and competitive.
The newly envisaged and united league has been characterised by some huge score lines reminiscent of basketball and netball matches underlining differences in strength and quality of teams.
Already some clubs said the former northern region women’s league was performing better than the current situation.
It is understood that Bulawayo side Highlanders Royals have pulled out of the national league citing viability challenges while another team Street Set Queens are yet to fulfill a fixture.
In some of the weekend fixtures Black Rhinos Queens thumped ZRP Harare Province 14-nil at Morgan High School in the capital and Black Rhinos Queens Academy beat Sodbury 2-nil at Cranborne Barracks.
The match between Auckland and Herentals ended with violence as the home team won 1-nil in Bindura.
Midlands State University (MSU) were supposed to take on Black Mambas Queens after being told at 9pm on Friday and could not travel at such short notice.
Meanwhile, Black Rhinos Queens will play MSU at One Commando on Wednesday at 12 noon.