Khabo Zitha looking for funding for Dubai tour

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Former Banyana Banyana star Khabo Zitha is looking for funding of R600k for a tour to Dubai.

Zitha plans to take 25 players through her foundation to an 18-day tour dubbed Women in Soccer, starting next month.

The Khabo Zitha Foundation has been invited by the TFA Football Academy, who are registered with the Dubai Sports Council from 24 September to 11 October.

The amount she is canvassing for will cover air tickets, visas and allowances. She believes the tour will go a long way in equipping the girls with the right kind of exposure to excel in the game.

While in Dubai, the girls, all aged below 21, will train with TFA as well as play friendly matches.

“We need funds to make this dream possible. We’ve been doing this for quite a while from our own pockets, and to take the work further we need the support of the corporate sector and the entire nation,” she told FARPost.

Zitha, who started playing football at seven, during a time when women’s football wasn’t as popular, went on to have a bright career with Banyana Banyana between 1994 and 2006.

After injuries hampered her progress in the game, she formed her own team called Cullinan Ladies.

“I started my team because I saw young girls wasting their lives with substance abuse and some wallowing unemployed. I wanted to give them the opportunity to have a career in football knowing their lives can change,” she explains.

She is convinced the tour could actually unlock doors of opportunity for some of the girls as well as show them they could have a successful career in the game.

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By Vhutshilo Musehane