Bosso revives Royals


HIGHLANDERS Football Club has approved the revival of women’s football side Highlanders Royals which was disbanded in 2005.


Former Zifa Women’s Football League chairperson Cecilia Malunga who will play an advisory role in the Royals confirmed that the club would soon be revived.

“We are going to revive Highlanders Royals. The Highlanders executive has approved the revival of the club and we are putting everything into place,” she said.

In a letter signed by Highlanders secretary Andrew Tapela, the Bosso executive ratified the return of the club.

It further stated that the club would not, however, be able to afford them any financial assistance.

The team will be coached by Amellia Chifodya who recently took the Street Child World Cup team to Brazil where they were knocked out in the quarter-final stage by El Salvador.

Malunga said they had decided to bring the club back because Bulawayo has only a few teams in the Zimbabwe Women’s Soccer League.

“We saw that in Bulawayo there are only a few teams. The Royals were one of the first women’s teams in Bulawayo. There are also a few teams in the league at the moment. Amellia will coach the team and she will choose the people that she would want to work with,” she said.

Some of the players that turned out for Highlanders Royals include Christine Mpanza, Sazini Khumalo, Talent Zulu, Soneni Nyathi, Siphethokuhle Muzanenhamo (sibling to How Mine’s left link Edmore), Sithandile “Siza” Khoza and Chifodya.

“We are looking for sponsorship but we have had a number of promises and my former boss Mavis Gumbo is also assisting us. We have promises here and in Harare but at the moment it would be premature for me to say who they are,” she said.

Malunga said the team would start at provincial level and work their way up to the Super League.