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Zim reaps World Cup benefits

ZIMBABWE football is set to benefit from the World Cup through the Africa 2010 Legacy, a Fifa programme aimed at strengthening, developing and advancing African football.

The country is one of the 20 selected from Africa to be part of the programme.
Jonathan Mashingaidze, the acting chief executive officer of the Zimbabwe Football Association, said there were benefits from the 2010 Legacy Programme to Zimbabwe football.
“Zimbabwe has already benefited in capacity building administrators’ courses for referees, coaches and medics. The Premier Soccer League (PSL) administrators’ course was called Football Management, PSL coaches had an Elite Coaches’ Course and Football Medicine Course for medics,” he said.
Mashingaidze revealed that in August and September Fifa will hold courses in Zimbabwe, from August 14-28 called the Fifa Elite Referee Course. From September 19-24 there will be a referees’ course for English speaking women in Africa.


He pointed out that Zimbabwe had also benefited from the infrastructural development programme with Rufaro Stadium acquiring an artificial turf in 2008. There are 72 such turfs in Africa.  
“The Africa 2010 Legacy will see Zimbabwe receiving funding from Fifa to build a new technical centre which will house lodges, an auditorium, indoor multi-purpose complex conference centre, gym and lecture rooms.
“There will also be an upgrading of broadcasting signals that will benefit ZBC,” Mashingaidze said.
He added Fifa will help in grassroots development in football by providing equipment and training material in various zones and schools.
Fifa helped in developing the Zimbabwean domestic league by giving equipment which included soccer balls and bibs.
“The Africa 2010 Legacy will see changes in the face of Zimbabwe football since it gives tools to progress and the skills to run football as a business,” said Mashingaidze.
Former Zimbabwe national team player Moses Chunga was selected to grace the African Legend gala. He met with more than a dozen other African legends at a pre World Cup gala dinner held in Midrand, South Africa.

Ashley Marimo

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