Fifa demands single Division One league

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ZIFA will rapidly move to conclude the establishment of a new constitution by year-end to, among other things, pave way for the collapsing of four Division One leagues into one.

Staff Writer

This weekend, a seven-member team will embark on an outreach programme to inform its affiliates and interested parties on the demands made by Fifa, which include the establishment of a single Division One league.

Zifa had already mooted such a plan before Fifa reinforced it.
Zimbabwe has four Division One leagues which all feed into the Castle Lager Premier League; the Northern Region, Southern Region, Central Region and Eastern Region.

In the new set up, the regions will continue administering the other lower divisions while the mother body will be in charge of the national second tier league.

The topflight league has 16 teams and four teams are relegated to the second tier league each season with the same number being promoted.
There have been suggestions the number of relegated teams should be decreased now with one second tier league.

Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze confirmed this week that an outreach programme would be conducted ahead of ratification on September 28.

“Fifa informed us on what they expect in the new constitution, so we have to comply,” said Mashingadze.

“The programme in the next two weekends is to inform all interested parties of what the world governing body expects. There are a number of key issues, including the National Division One and the inclusion of all top-flight clubs into the Zifa Assembly. After the outreach we will then move on to the ratification and conclusion of the process.

“Once the constitution has been registered with Fifa and the Sports and Recreation Commission, all affiliates will have to comply and formulate their own constitutions in line with Zifa’s laws.”

All 16 clubs will now be part of the assembly as per Fifa’s directive, moving away from the old system where only six members of the management team represented the league.

The new constitution will see the Zifa elections, which are due early next year, adopting a new format. Five-Aside soccer, schools and tertiary football organisations will also have increased representation under the new Zifa constitution.

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