Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has announced the launch of a girls’ football tournament that will be held in November.
In June, Nakamba hosted a boys’ competition at White City Stadium and hinted he had plans to also host a girls’ competition.
Nakamba has since announced that the inaugural edition will consist of eight teams drawn from four of Zimbabwe’s women’s football leagues, reported the Chronicle.
In a statement released by the Marvelous Nakamba Foundation, Nakamba said:
The Zimbabwe Women’s Soccer League has selected and submitted the participating teams that will be unveiled via the foundation’s social media platforms in due course together with dates and tournament venue.
The foundation is excited by this new addition to its programs, which accelerate the rapid growth of girl’s football and assist in nurturing talented girls who aspire to be outstanding football stars in the near future.
Nakamba urged everyone to assist “on the journey of investing in the growth of girls football and of supporting the girl child.”
The foundation was established in 2019, as a way of giving back to the community using the power of sport and education.
To date, the foundation has paid school fees for over 1 500 pupils countrywide, hosted the under 17 boy’s invitational tournament in June 2022 and is in the process of constructing the Nakamba Sports Complex among other projects.