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People of the Union puts the spotlight on individuals across FIFPRO’s member associations who are dedicated to improving the wellbeing of professional footballers in their country.

Former Zimbabwe international Tapfuma ‘Nomsa’ Moyo gives an insight into her work with the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe and what motivates her daily.

FIFPRO: Tell us about yourself, what is your role and your background?

Tapfuma Moyo: I am the current Administrator at the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe. My background is rooted in football as I had a playing career with the Zimbabwe women's national team – the Mighty Warriors. I was the captain and proud to be the most capped player for the women's team despite a difficult journey. My day-to-day at the union involves handling players contracts, court arbitrations, office administration, co-ordinating outreach programs for the union and maintaining communication with members.

What do you most enjoy about the work you do at the union?

Representing players' needs, issues and ensuring they get justice and fair representation in their cases. I enjoy interacting with other unions and having the space to link up and learn across other regions. I also take pride that we have not lost a case within the union as we comprehensively represent the players in Zimbabwe. On a personal note, I am excited about the endless learning opportunities that the union offers while being surrounded by experts and professionals who constantly challenge me to do more and learn new things.

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Tapfuma ‘Nomsa’ Moyo

What issue affecting player welfare are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about remuneration for women footballers. I am also passionate about equal gender representation of male and female players in football, especially looking at how women's football has been marginalised for the longest time. I hope to see more players having access to bigger opportunities to play on various platforms but with fair and acceptable contracts.

What are some of your proudest moments or achievements working as a union representative?

My proudest moment is being one of the key members who founded the union and playing a part in shaping its strategic direction. That moment is an important milestone for me as it gives me confidence in the vision and direction the union is headed. One of the recent accomplishments I am proud of was contributing to bringing back football in Zimbabwe after it was banned by FIFA due to government interference. We worked tirelessly to resolve the issue and finally were able to successfully restore football in our country.

Is there anyone in the union world or in sports in general who inspires you?

I am inspired by Desmond Maringwa, the President of the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe. He was able to establish a player union at a time when it was not accepted in Africa and Zimbabwe as a country. He has shown remarkable courage and resilience in facing the pressure that comes with trade unions recognition in Zimbabwe, where conditions are prohibited and highly restrictive.

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Desmond Maringwa

What is your favourite football memory to date?

When I represented Zimbabwe for the first time in the African Women's Championship in 2000 in South Africa. Zimbabwe finished fourth and a personal highlight was scoring a goal 45 yards out, knocking hosts South Africa out of the tournament.

Who is your favourite footballer ever and why?

Peter Ndlovu was the first African player to play in the English Premier League and is the longest-serving Zimbabwe national team player to date. What sets Peter apart from the other players is his unwavering dedication to the Zimbabwe national team. Despite facing several challenges, he gave his best for his team and country. He is a true leader who cares for the well-being of his teammates, sometimes using his earnings to ensure that his team-mates were happy. Peter is a true legend and an inspiration to many.

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Peter Ndlovu became the first African player to play in the English Premier League in August 1992 when at Coventry City

What motivates you daily?

The sense of fulfilment I experience every day when I wake up and realise I am contributing to the improvement of women’s football is indescribable. My deepest desire is to witness a football industry that is empowering and inclusive where both women and men can pursue a career in this field. My main motivation and ultimate goal is to advocate for equal pay for female football players as I strongly believe that it is fundamental right that should be granted to all athletes regardless of gender.

How do you enjoy spending your free time?

Asides from spending time with my family, I also enjoy coaching kids under the ages of 13 and 15 at the academy. It's a great opportunity for me to share my knowledge and skills with others while also learning from them. I find it extremely fulfilling coaching these boys and girls, and seeing them grow and improve under my guidance keeps me busy and happy during my leisure time.