WOMEN’S MONTH: Find each other, fix this mess or lose a whole generation – says Mighty Warriors coach on ZIFA ban

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MIGHTY Warriors’ Strength and Conditioning coach Brenda Chaoor, has challenged battling ZIFA factions to fix the mess which has been created by Zimbabwe’s suspension from international football.

By Bhora Afrika

Chaoor, who doubles up as Tanzanian side Foundation Gate Strength and Conditioning coach, said the suspension was not just unhealthy but risked loss of a whole talented generation.

She was speaking in a wide ranging interview with bhorafrika.com recently which touched on the low turnout of fans in the Castle Lager premiership.

“The Warriors are so important to Zimbabwean football, the suspension is unhealthy and a generation is at risk of losing everything,” said Chaoor.

“I humble urge concerned parties to find each other and fix all this mess for the benefit of this generation.”

The Mighty Warriors have also been affected by the ZIFA suspension

Chaoor once occupied similar posts at Tanzanian giants Simba Queens and newly promoted Zimbabwean topflight club Green Fuel of Chisumbanje.

Below is an excerpt of the interview:

BA: What are your view on women’s contribution to sports management? Is the field level and what could be done to improve it?

Chaoor:  I feel that women have contributed a lot in recent years and the impact can be felt the world over. These years the field is level, remember women had been marginalised for a very long time until  gender was no longer used as a differentiating tool.

To further improve the field l feel women should be empowered especially through capacity building as it is of paramount importance.

BA: How do you think the problem of low fan turn out in the Castle Lager topflight can be solved?

Chaoor: Firstly clubs need to invest in social media marketing.You see a PSL club without an Instagram account, or it has one but posts four times a month only.

Other leagues are serious about social media, it is the new deal.

Secondly Clubs have to bring back the quality, the hype and fans will surely come where their pleasure and money is worthy.

Thirdly, the gap between fans and teams (is too wide), fans aren’t even knowledgeable about players signed. You come across fans asking who the number 25 is when in other leagues fans already know the whole squad of 30 players before the season starts.

I feel that women have contributed a lot in recent years and the impact can be felt the world over – BRENDA CHAOOR

BA: In the context of Zimbabwe’s ban, how important are the Warriors to football development and how far do you think the suspension has affected the game? 

Chaoor: The Warriors are so important to Zimbabwean football, the suspension is unhealthy and a generation is at risk of losing everything.

I humble urge concerned parties to find each other and fix all this mess for the benefit of this generation.

*This article was produced as part of bhorafrika.com’s celebration of women in Women’s Month, March #IWD

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