No early D1 return for Gaza Gunners


CHIPINGE- Gaza Gunners will not be returning to compete in the Eastern Region Division 1 league anytime soon as the club has shifted its focus to sponsoring local youth team- club director Shingi Matabuka has said.

Matabuka told Chipinge Times in an interview that the club has shifted its focus from competing to assisting youths in shunning moral decadency which has afflicted society.

Gaza Gunners has been inactive for two years since the end of the 2018 soccer season.

“We have shifted our focus to sponsoring local youth teams in Chipinge. We currently have six teams under our stable and I am solely sponsoring them. Youths must shun immoral behavior and that is our focus with the teams,” said Matabuka.

The clubs have the U13, 15 and 17 categories with all players totaling 96. The six teams, Chipinge Junior soccer Academy, Chipinge High, Arising Stars, E-rovers, Gabanna and Gaza High.

Matabuka also said that the six teams have their own league and hold tournaments after three months.
Gaza Gunners was formed in 2009.

“We wish to expand the teams to Chipinge rural where many young boys do not have access and opportunity to showcase their talent. Some of the youths are skilled footballers but lack training, discipline and focus,” added Matabuka.

Meanwhile there is a growing outcry from players in the Division 1 league who are accusing club administrators
of gross mismanagement Covid-19 relief funds. Club executive committees are allegedly using relief funds meant to cushion players to sign more players for the upcoming season.

A ZIFA official who spoke to Chipinge Times on condition of anonymity said many local clubs are abusing funds because the football governing body is being lenient.

ZIFA president Felton Kamambo recently told the media that the relief funds allocated by ZIFA are meant to cushion clubs, particularly players and acquisition of PPE’s and necessary equipment for the resumption of football.

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