Zimbabwe senior women soccer football team, The Mighty Warriors received a hearty shot in the arm from ECONET Media’s Kwese TV on Thursday of R250 000, a Kwese decoder with free installation alongside a monthlong free subscription for coming up second at the COSAFA Women’s Championship.
By Tongai Mwenje and Kudakwashe Pembere
In a surprise announcement during the launch of Kwese TV in Zimbabwe, a director for Econet Media Dr Zachary Wazara said this package would be given to all the players and officials.
“We are giving this prize money and goodies to all the 29 that represented Zimbabwe fairly well at the COSAFA Women’s Championship 2017, that is the 20 players and nine officials. All of them will get these prizes for their sterling performance,” he said.
Wazara added that they will also do a prize giving ceremony in Zimbabwe after handing the first prize winners South Africa.
Zimbabwe goalkeeper Chido Dzingirai picked up the Golden Glove prize, despite her team conceding six goals. The Golden Boot Award went to Rutendo Makore, who scored a remarkable 10 goals in the competition.
The Fair Play award went to East African guest nation Kenya, who finished fourth after a fine debut in the competition.
“We will be giving South Africa as the first prize winners their due in the country and afterwards we will also do the same for Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya. All these countries have Kwese.” he said.
In the spirit of promoting gender equality, Wazara said these prizes have been traditionally given to the COSAFA men’s teams only.
“However Kwese, which seeks to promote sports inclusivity, has matched and extended the prizes to the women teams as well,” he noted.
The 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship is a football tournament for national teams organised by COSAFA, teams from Southern Africa. The 2017 edition took place between 13 and 24 September 2017 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
The company said there are over 80 million subscribers across Africa watching Kwese Free Sports which is a free bouquet found on the platform.
The event was graced by COSAFA and ZIFA presdent Philip Chiyangwa, players and officials from the Mighty Warriors team, Zimbbwe Basketball Association president as well as other sporting dignitaries.
Attendants at the event were also entreated to some captivating football skills from the Mighty Warriors.
After a scintillating COSAFA Women’s Championship showdown 101 goals were scored in 22 matches in Bulawayo which saw South Africa’s Banyana Banyana grabbing the first place.
The Sub-Saharan Africa-based broadcaster Kwese Sports in November last year signed a major one-year content deal with the Council of Southern African Football Association (Cosafa).
The partnership resulted in Kwese broadcasting the under-20 and women’s editions of the Cosafa Cup, which pitted international teams from southern Africa against each other.
Kwese secured both the free-to-air and pay-TV rights, with the content also set to be streamed on the official Kwese application, available on both Android and iOS.