Byo women’s football kicks off in two weeks

THE Bulawayo Provincial Women’s Football League is expected to start in the next two weeks with six teams participating.

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Provincial chairman Thembelani Dhliwayo said: “We have come up with a prize structure and resolved that six teams will take part in this year’s league.

“The league is set to start in two weeks and will end at the end of the school term. We want the players who are still at school to be able to prepare for their exam next term,”

“It is not only for schoolchildren, but mainly consists of schoolchildren. Over 90% of the children who are in the league are U-18 that is why there is a deliberate bias,” he said.

The winners of the league are set to walk away with 20 cases of Mazoe Orange Crush, with the second-placed team getting an all-expenses paid trip to Hillside Dams while the third team will get a soccer kit.

He said there would be individual accolades that include the player’s player of the season, the top goalscorer and the goalkeeper of the season awards.

The winners of individual awards will get cellphones.

The league will also be used as a platform to select the provincial youth games team which will be coached by Keith Mabhena.

Dhliwayo said they were also planning a mini tournament which will be held in Matabeleland South at a venue still to be announced.

“We are taking the tournament to Matabeleland South because at the moment there is already so much football in Bulawayo and we would want to draw large crowds which we are hoping to do in Matabeleland South. We also want to expose the girls and showcase their talent,” he said.

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