Blatter on his way to Zimbabwe

Fifa president Sepp Blatter continues to warm to Zifa by agreeing to come to Zimbabwe and officiate at the ground breaking ceremony of the new stadium to be built at the Zifa Village.

Report by Kevin Mapasure

While dates have not yet been set, Zifa president Cuthbert Dube, who met the world football boss at the Fifa Congress in Mauritius at the weekend, said Blatter had agreed to come but he would advise the local mother body on the dates he can make his second trip to Zimbabwe.

Blatter first came to Zimbabwe during the Cosafa Women’s championships in 2011.

Cash-strapped Zifa have extended their begging bowl to Fifa, again, to fund the construction of lodgings at Zifa village which will be used as a source of revenue.

Already Fifa have agreed to build two offices for the Zifa in Harare and Bulawayo.

There are two proposals that Zifa are juggling over the headquarters in Harare, with one recommending to raze down the current headquarters at number 53 Livingston Avenue and build a new one.

But some have suggested that Zifa looks for land elsewhere and preserve the current headquarters for historical purposes.

“We are looking at both proposals and the matter will be further discuss at board level so that we come up with a decision and move forward,” said Dube. “Fifa have agreed to fund the building of the two offices and we are grateful to them. It’s a pity Blatter’s reign at Fifa will come to an end after this term but I really wish he would stay longer, he is doing a lot for football in this country.

“We have asked him to come to the ground breaking ceremony of the stadium at the Zifa Village and while he has agreed he will come back to us on the dates. We have already asked for some money to build lodges and we are confident we will get support because we need to generate revenue to develop football.”

Dube also said Fifa would make a decision on the Asiagate issue soon, after their direct communication with players and officials banned by Zifa.

“We had a meeting with head of security Ralf Mutschke who assured us that Fifa was moving to finalise the case after receiving submissions from some of those found guilty in the match-fixing case.”

Fifa asked 16 of the banned Asiagate suspects to write directly to Fifa making their own submissions on the case, but only seven responded and Fifa will move to finalise the cases based on the information they have.

“What has surprised and disappointed me is that none of the banned players responded to the Fifa request. Its only administrators who responded.”

Only Clayton Munemo, Emmanuel Nyahuma, former Zifa chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya, Jonathan Musavengana, Danisa Phiri and Rodwell Dhlakama made submissions to Fifa.

Former Dynamos captain Guthrie Zhikinyi, journalist Hope Chizuzu, agent Kudzi Shaba, Thompson Matenda, Bekithemba Ndlovu, Methembe Ndlovu, Godfrey Japapa, Solomon Mugavazi and former Highlanders striker Zenzo Moyo ignored the call.

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