The Herald (Harare)

30 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Germany Olympic Federation Donates Balls,Training Equipment

THE Germany Olympic Federation continued with their support for local football yesterday when they donated soccer balls and training equipment to all the 10 clubs in the Marange Resources National Women's Soccer League.

The Federation, through Zifa technical advisor and new Warriors' coach Klaus Dieter Pagels, gave away 200 soccer balls, training cones, training bibs, ball pumps and thera bands for physiotherapy.

The equipment was handed to club officials of the league teams.

Pagels, who was seconded here under a Government-to-Government agreement in 2010, has been covering a lot of grassroots projects, including training the coaches for junior soccer teams.

He personally sourced the equipment.

Pagels has trained over 600 coaches at grassroots level since his arrival and, with the help of Zifa technical director Nelson Matongorere, conducted tournaments for players with the aim of assembling a national Under-14 team.

Pagels, whose portfolio here also covers women's soccer, last year organised a training camp for the Mighty Warriors in Germany.

"I hope we can help prepare the teams for next year and the teams which have been promoted into the league will also be getting their equipment," said Pagels.

"We really appreciate what Marange Resources is doing and we are just complementing them with this donation."

German Deputy Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Peter Primus, who was the guest of honour at the function, said it was part of their mandate to develop African football.

"I am happy with what Klaus is doing here, developing structures, and you have given him the environment to do that," said Primus.

"In Germany, football plays a big economic role, as you can see on television. Of course, Zimbabwe is still developing, and I see there are a lot of different players from Africa playing in the Bundesliga.

"There is a lot of talent in Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole and this is our task to help develop teams in the country and the national teams."

Speaking at the same function, Zifa board member for development, Benedict Moyo, commended the Germans for the support they were giving Zimbabwe football.

"Germany has always raised our football and coaches like Gibson Homela and myself have benefited from their coaching courses and Zimbabwe scaled to greater heights during Fabisch (Reinhard) time.

"The preparations will now be two steps higher. It should be a ball per player but we are very poor and we end up having a ball for 30 players.

"The corporate world must come in as partners as the girl child is still at the developing stage," said Grinder.

Black Rhinos chairman, Charles Mashingaidze, welcomed the donation on behalf of all the clubs.

"We cannot put enough words to thank you. We just hope as clubs we will put this donation to good use and we promise this will go a long way to develop women's football," said Mashingaidze.

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