Zifa step up Nations Cup bid

Enock Muchinjo

THE Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) will today announce members of the bidding committee to steer the country’s quest to host the Africa Nations Cup in 2010.


<
P>Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze confirmed to IndependentSport the national body had finalised the composition of the committee. Although Mashingaidze could not reveal any names, national team captain Peter Ndlovu is said to have agreed to be part of the committee.


The committee will drive the compilation of the bid document to be presented to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) by October 31.

Zimbabwe lost the right to host the 2000 Nations Cup after Caf concluded Zifa had not secured adequate government financial guarantee for the tournament. Nigeria and Ghana eventually co-hosted the tournament.


So far, the continental showcase has only been held in southern Africa once when South Africa won it on home soil in 1996. Zambia, Morocco, Algeria, Botswana and Mozambique are also considering bidding for the 25th edition of the Nations Cup.


In November last year, the Zifa board informed Caf of its intention to host the biannual soccer showcase.


The bidding committee, to be composed of all stakeholders involved in the development of sport, was supposed to be in place by February. The committee will comprise representatives from the government, business and other sports associations.


The committee will have working committees that will advance Zimbabwe’s bid. IndependentSport also heard that the bid committee would have a secretariat independent of Zifa.


Its mandate would be to look at facilities requiring refurbishments and the procurement of equipment.