IF Black Rhinos Queens could reach the finals of a regional tournament without kicking the ball in two years, then there is hope that local ladies’ teams can compete with the best in Africa if given all the necessary support, a top official said.
Black Rhinos Queens lost 0-3 to Mamelodi Sundowns last Saturday in the Caf Women’s Champions League/ Cosafa football qualifiers in Durban, South Africa.
The Zimbabwean team was the only team in the inaugural tournament which had gone for close to two years without playing competitive football.
Lewis Muzhara, who initiated and funded the LM Auctioneers’ Women Football Tournament in 2011, feels Black Rhinos Queens punched above their weight and could qualify for the next edition of the continental tournament if fully supported.
Muzhara has long been an advocate for the creation of a Champions League competition for female football teams on the continent.
“The idea behind the LM Auctioneers’ Women Football Tournament was to expose local teams to regional competitors, which is why every year we invited teams from Botswana, South Africa and Namibia to take part in our tournament.
“We envisaged that one day a Caf Champions league for ladies’ teams would be introduced and I’m glad that the dream has finally been realised although, unfortunately, our very own Black Rhinos Queens failed to make it at the last hurdle. But we are all proud of what the girls achieved, they certainly punched above their weight,” said Muzhara.
The LM Auctioneers’ Women Football Tournament hasn’t been played for the last two years as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.