Grace Chingoma Senior Sports Reporter
WILBERT Rambanepasi is the new chairperson of the Zifa Women’s Soccer Northern Region following his election victory at the weekend. Rambanepasi, who began his involvement with the women’s game as a supporter before sponsoring Mufakose Queens for sometime, beat the challenge of outgoing chairperson Tamba Munemo and Felastino Benza in the polls.
He won 18 votes while Munemo had five and Benza got three votes.
The vice-chairperson’s post was uncontested for and went to Robson Ndakachiyei. The two Northern Region board members are Benard Nehumba and Tsobokile Matole.
Yesterday, Rambanapasi, who runs a women’s soccer Division One club Wee Rams, said he would work for the development of female footballers.
“Women’s football should be developed and given due recognition and its standards should be the same as those of men’s football.
“Most parents and the community are concerned with the academics but sometimes the child would be excelling in sport and should be given support as sport and football is now big business.
“I would also like to work for development from grassroots level, assisting vulnerable children in schools and especially in the rural areas. If one looks at Northern Region, it covers Harare Province, Mashonaland West, East and Central. But it seems when we are talking about the region we are only talking of Bindura, Norton and Chinhoyi. But how about Mount Darwin, Mutoko and Magunje?
“If we work with headmasters of all the schools to nurture talent it should go a long way in developing the game,” he said.