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Cash Boost For Zimbabwe's Women Soccer From CBZ Cup Sponsor

Women’s soccer in Zimbabwe received a major boost from the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe this week as the institution pledged Z$1.5 billion (about US$20,000) to finance a 2007 CBZ Football Association Cup that will include female teams.

CBZ Holdings Managing director John Mangudya announced the sponsorship late Tuesday at a ceremony in Harare. The tournament will kick off on June 23.

Sports observers said the expanded funding will bolster local teams.

Commentator Wellington Dangarembizi told reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe he wished other firms would follow CBZ’s example.

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