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Zimbabwe bid to host the Women's World Cup in 2015

Mavis Gumbo of Zifa
Zimbabwe's Mavis Gumbo is hopeful of bidding successfully

Zimbabwe are in the race to host the Women's World Cup in 2015, according to football's world governing body Fifa.

The country is up against only one rival candidate - Canada - and the successful bidder will also stage the 2014 U20 women's event.

Zimbabwe's football association Zifa has faced administrative chaos recently and allegations of match-fixing have been made against the national team.

Germany stage the next Women's World Cup finals, which kick off in June.

Although Zimbabwe has yet to secure a government guarantee for their bid, the fact that President Robert Mugabe is the senior patron of women's football in the country is cause for optimism.

"Government has been very supportive so far and is looking at our proposal and we are very confident of getting the government guarantee," Zimbabwe Women's Football League chairperson Mavis Gumbo told BBC Sport.

"We look forward to winning the bid. We are rising from the dead in women's football and we hope that Fifa will have a soft heart towards us."

Fifa also says Ghana and Tunisia have bid for the right to host a number of major tournaments.

Ghana is bidding to host the U17 World Cup in 2013 and the U17 women's competition in 2014 while Tunisia has bid for the U17 World Cup in 2015 and the U20 event in 2015.

Final bid documents for all the tournaments have to be lodged with Fifa by 11 February and a decision will be made at the beginning of March.



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