Funds hamper soccer tourney

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THIS year’s edition of the Fire Queens Youth Day Commemoration Girls Soccer Tournament to be held at Kuwadzana Primary School in Mt Hampden has been greatly affected by a lack of financial resources.

As a result, the organisers have been forced to only include five teams in the tournament cutting the number by half from last year’s participating clubs.

Fire Queens team manager Tawand Hillary Peters said they could only invite four other teams — Anoti Queens, Zifa Village Queens, Celebration Queens and Mt Hampden Queens — due to financial challenges.

“We started with 10 teams but due to financial constraints unfortunately only 50 percent of teams from the last tournament will be competing tomorrow (today),” Peters told the Daily News yesterday.

“We have knocked on every door we thought would assist us and approached some of the high-powered regional football executives among many others but the only one who turned our way was Tongai Mnangagwa and a few representatives from Zifa who have confirmed their attendance.”

Fire Queens will be working hand in glove with the recently-established charitable organisation Leilani Foundation that works with vulnerable children and youths in communities around Mt Hampden and seeks to address child trauma and healing.

“Leilani aims to address the underlying issues in children and young people through various activities that build confidence, self-esteem and resilience .These activities are embedded on the ecosystem,” Peters said.

“Due to the sheer understanding and knowledge we have inherited working with Leilani Foundation, we as Fire Queens saw it fit and befitting for us to host a female soccer tournament here in Mt Hampden as way to uplift and empower the girl child in commemoration with our national youth day.

“Our female soccer team consists of vulnerable girls and young women living in the marginalised communities in Mt Hampden.”

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