Women’s football should receive more funds

25Jan 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Women’s football should receive more funds

AS we bite what is left of our fingernails and nervously keep tabs on the Taifa Stars’ goings-on at the presently unfolding African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals in Cameroon, we should spare a thought or two for the seemingly perennial woes afflicting women’s football in Tanzania.

JKT Queens' attacker, Zabela John (R), negotites her way past Ruvuma Queens' player, Swaumu Salum, in a recent Women Premier League's tie, which took place in Dar es Salaam. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT JUMANNE JUMA

Indeed, these travails range from uneven media coverage to the dispiritingly humungous challenge of insufficient funds.

One would think though that in light of the laudably triumphant exertions of many a women’s youth team during recent years that would-be sponsors would be literally queueing up to plough vast chunks of funds into the advancement of the women’s game from the grassroots levels upwards to the senior levels of the sport.

Alas, such expectations have disappointingly only amounted to be bona fide mirages.

Now, this line of reasoning is not to suggest that no funds at all have been channeled into the women’s game for its betterment.

Indeed, it is crucial to note that only lately, women’s football were the beneficiaries of a generous injection of funds aimed at the development of technical and other assorted aspects of the women’s game, which was a truly heartening and encouraging gesture.

Still, that notwithstanding, considering the unquestionably lamentable record of women’s football being denigratingly given the cold shoulder by sponsor after sponsor in a quite condemnable past, it would seem only fitting then to assert that we as a sports-loving populace owe the women’s game a massive debt.

And, by my count or by any fair estimation of what constitutes an accurate count, it is most definitely the hour to pay up!

Fresh from laying that argument to rest, let us segue seamlessly now into the weighty matter of sports documentaries, which is a subject that I tackled a few years ago in this modest corner of The Guardian’s sports pages.

Dear Reader, I feel compelled to take up this argument again following what was an especially hellish 2020, when it appeared that every conceivable nightmare that could possibly be imagined actually came into being.

Despite the much-needed mood-boosting news of a number of newly manufactured vaccines, we are still having to deal with the same old horrors and frightful fears on a day-to-day basis.

Bearing all this in mind, then, a well-researched and painstakingly prepared documentary on say the steady ascent of our darling son Mbwana Samatta, from his humble beginnings to the very apex of football would serve as the perfect tonic and feel-good medicine to lift all of our wearied spirits, would it not?

And, of course, the subject matter for a documentary need not expressly be about football or a football icon for that matter.

Indeed, the trailblazing erstwhile National Netball Association (Chaneta) Chairperson, Mama Anna Bayi, who tragically met her demise recently, would be the ideal subject matter for a revealing documentary about her transformational impact on women’s netball in Tanzania...read more from https://epaper.ippmedia.com

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