Women's football hit hard by Covid-19

by Loveness Nyathi

FEMALE footballers are struggling to focus on the game during the Covid-19 crisis as demanding household chores at home keep them away from individual training.

With most sporting activities on hold worldwide, local female footballers have been the worst hit with most having to make a living through other means and forget about the sport.

Women football administrator, Sibekiwe Ndlovu said the sport could lose a lot of talent this year with upcoming footballers turning to their books for the rest of the year while older players would be seeking earnings through other means.

She said they had been ready when the season was halted as the Government implemented a lockdown in an effort to thwart the corona virus pandemic.

“We are unlikely to see women’s football in the city as we mostly have Division One teams whose footballers are school going.

“Most of the players are likely to be busy trying to make up for lost time on their schools, so I doubt we are going to see any action this year and those out of school are likely to find employment elsewhere,” said the Highlanders Royals administrator and Southern Region board member.

Mighty Warriors captain, Nobuhle Majika said as a player she has lost all income as she was totally reliant on the sport adding it was the same for most professional female footballers.

“My income was anchored on football and was looking to several qualifiers for the national women’s team that would have seen us in action but I guess we will have to wait.
“The pandemic has affected sporting activities worldwide so we have to play a waiting game, whether games resume this year or next year, what is critical is that people are safe from the disease,” she said.

Local women football has remained on the fringes despite the success they have achieved when they made it to the 2016 Rio Olympics, the biggest stage that any Zimbabwean national side has ever reached.