Farm Soccer – Belgone Soccer Club in Zimbabwe


This is the story of a soccer team in Mazoe 35km east of Harare the capital of Zimbabwe on Belgone Farm, which was affected badly by Zimbabwe’s controversial land reform programme. The team, was founded by a white commercial farmer, David Belgone. The team consisted of his employees and their sons and he was their main sponsor. Since his eviction from the farm in 2003 everything at the farm has become dilapidated. The soccer team was not spared, with no one to employ them and with no sponsors the group has now resorted to dancing masked traditional dances to raise money for the team and to be able to have food on the table.

dancing masked traditional dance to sponsor their local soccer team, Belgone football club, which used to be funded by the evicted commercial farmer. PHOTO/Desmond Kwande PHOTO/Desmond Kwande
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