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THE Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) is well on course to achieve the world football body, Fifa’s roadmap, interim board chairman Rafik Khan said this week.

ce=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Last week the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) dissolved the Zifa Council and appointed board members – Khan, Wyatt Mpofu and Remigio Makoni – to run football in this country as an interim executive.

The SRC, which got a thumbs-up for its decision from Fifa, said the Zifa Council had been dissolved for bringing soccer into disrepute.

Fifa’s roadmap on Zimbabwe includes the drafting of a Zifa constitution by December 31 that will be acceptable to both the SRC and Fifa.

“We are on course and we will achieve the objectives of Fifa by December 31,” Khan said.

Khan said this week that his executive was working towards the completion of the roadmap.

“We are working towards completing the task as soon as possible,” Khan said.

He, however, said he would not reverse his decision not to seek re-election when his interim term of office ends on December 31.

Meanwhile, the contribution of Zimbabwean sport towards economic development comes under scrutiny at the fifth Zimbabwe Institute of Management (ZIM) two-day conference in Victoria Falls next week.

The Sports and Economic Development session, to be chaired by veteran sports administrator David Mutambara, will have as key speakers Sports minister Aeneas Chigwedere, SRC director-general Elias Musangeya and Irvin Khoza, South Africa’s chairperson of the 2010 soccer World Cup preparatory committee.

The speakers will present on possible ways to stop bad management in sport and ways to harness comprehensive and meaningful sponsorship in sport in the country.

ZIM organising committee chairman, Benny Chisvo, told IndependentSport this week that the session would examine the benefits to be harnessed by Zimbabwe from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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