26-year-old Zimbabwe national women’s football team left-back, Sheila Makoto, has embraced football as her life and the game has not disappointed her much. Growing up in Harare’s oldest surburb, Mbare, she never knew her decision to play football as a young girl at Gwinyai Primary School would one day earn her a residential stand of her own. A token of appreciation by President Robert Mugabe after their 2011 Cosafa Cup victory saw her buying a residential stand in a Harare surburb -Waterfalls.
Life as a mother, wife and athlete is never easy. The struggle of a work-life balance lead to some women dropping sports. But Makoto owes much to her husband and family support. The support in the private sphere has empowered her to follow her dream in the public domain and contribute to the development of her country.
‘Sportswomanship demystified’ is a series of profiles and photos by Her Zimbabwe and Sports Journalist/photographer, Grace Chirumanzu in support and solidarity for the Mighty Warriors ahead of the 2016 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON). It celebrates Zimbabwe’s Mighty warriors as women of strength, who know no boundaries and limits. They have persisted despite all challenges they have faced, and deserve all the support they can get. Go Mighty Warriors!
All images taken by Grace Chirumanzu