In an unprecedented move, the government of Zimbabwe has decided to send 10 female footballers to Brazil to get pregnant.
Brazilian media is reporting that the southern African nation is looking to tap into the genes of retired soccer legends to sire a generation of sports stars.
The decision to go ahead with the plan came about in 2010 after a friendly warm-up match between Zimbabwe and Brazil in Zimbabwe National Sports Stadium.
It is believed that the initiative was championed by the football local governing body Zimbabwe Football Association’s President Phillip Chiyangwa.
The government plans to cater for all expenses and also the upbringing of the kids through an established New Sports Generation Fund.
A spokesperson for ZIFA said:
“We applaud the sacrifice made by the 10 brave women who agreed to put national interests first and travel to Brazil for the NSGF project,” the rep said.
”This was after a recommendation by our local doctors in collaboration with Brazilian doctors to try and transfer footballing genes to Zimbabwe. All tests have been done and the Brazilian football legends have already donated their sperms, we expect perfect results.”
He further indicated that the final decision on how the kids would be raised would be determined by the female footballers.
The consenting female footballers include eight with an active career and two retired. Five of the eight are currently part of the national team set up with the other three playing in Zimbabwe’s domestic first division.
Perhaps this is the only way Zimbabwe could look to compete on the world stage, unlike first world countries who can select from a huge pool of migrants.