SPORTS Minister Chishimba Kambwili has challenged the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to consider introducing a national football league for women.
Kambwili said in an interview that the qualification by the Under-17 national team for the 2014 Costa Rica Under-17 FIFA World Cup was a clear indication that women football was slowly gaining momentum in Zambia.
He said the booking of a World Cup spot by Albert Kachinga’s Under-17 team should be an eye opener and pave way for the establishment of a national women’s league.
Kambwili said it was important for the national football governing body to nurture the talent for future engagements.
The minister said Zambia had immense talent that was capable of competing favorably against world class players.
He said it was prudent for FAZ to ensure that there was a football league for women in the country.
Kambwili said Government was ready to offer support towards the introduction of a women’s league and that it was the only way to keep players in a competitive mood for future tournaments.
He also urged football clubs in the country to come up with womens’ teams.
“I think time has come for us to have a national football league for women. Women football has improved tremendously over the years and it is high time we introduced a competitive league for them,” he said.
Zambia defied all odds by knocking out regional women football powerhouse, South Africa in the qualifiers and seal a historic World Cup finals place.