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New road map for Zifa

By Enock Muchinjo

THE Fifa delegation that was visiting Zimbabwe on a mission to help solve the perennial problems in local football yesterday announced a new road map which they said should be the final att

empt to find lasting solutions to the squabbles bedeviling the game.

The delegation, comprising Fifa head of associations Vincent Monnier, the international body’s development officer for southern Africa Ashford Mamelodi and Cosafa president and Fifa executive committee member Ismail Bhamjee, announced at a press conference yesterday that it has recommended the reinstatement of the Zifa Council that was suspended last year. The resolution is seen as paving way for the ratifying and endorsing of the new Zifa constitution.

Zifa and the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) agreed to re-engage the council but could not immediately make a decision on eight of the Zifa councillors suspended by the Zifa board last year.

The Fifa trio said the recommendation to reinstate the councillors did not include the suspended councillors. Zifa chairman Rafik Khan yesterday personally attempted to bar some of the suspended councillors from entering the conference venue.

Cosafa president Bhamjee said Fifa were worried about the goings-on in Zimbabwe football.

“We regard Zimbabwe as a powerful nation in African football and we are concerned about what’s happening. There has been little progress made in developing the game here due to personality clashes, financial problems and policy crisis,” said Bhamjee.

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