Northern region women’s football champions Black Rhinos duo of striker Rutendo ‘Madzimai’ Makore and goalkeeper Process Chatsamwa on Monday (today) returned from a two month trial stint in Egypt.
The players broke new ground as the first female players to ply their trade abroad after being invited for trials by Egyptian club El Elameyeen FC in Cairo.
The Black Rhinos Queens FC pair returned after featuring in the newly established Egyptian women’s football league and emerged as the top goals corer and best keeper.
Black Rhinos Queens FC chairman Colonel Charles Mashingaidze said the trial opportunity was good for the club and country because of the recognition and opportunity given to the girl child.
The players were scouted during a friendly international match and Women’s Africa Cup of Nations played in Cameroon in November last year.
The trial stint saw the two players at El Elameyeen FC in Cairo from 26th of February to the 24th of this month after being cleared by their Zimbabwe National Army side Black Rhinos Queens FC, ZIFA and Sports Commission to travel.
Black Rhinos Queens provided the majority of payers who participated during the 2016 August Rio Olympic games and 2018 AWCON in Cameroon.
Zimbabwe women’s football does not have a national league following the withdrawal of sponsorship of US$1.2 million sponsorship package by Marange Diamonds.
The national women’s league was dissolved by ZIFA in 2013 and new executive elected last year but clubs remained active playing on regional lines in the northern and southern region in the absence of a national league.