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Zifa board maps out strategy

The Zifa board will convene this weekend to prepare a roadmap for the Warriors’ preparations ahead of the African Nations Championships (Chan) finals in January.

Kevin Mapasure

There are other issues on their agenda which include the latest on the long winding Asiagate soap opera as well as the constitution making process, but the Warriors preparations are set to dominate discussion.

The locally based contingent upstaged neighbours Zambia in the final qualifier last month to book a ticket after a 1-0 aggregate win in the two-legged qualifier.

As they prepare for a potentially tough tournament where they could be drawn with continental power houses Morocco and Ghana among others, Zifa are looking to pull all stops to get the best preparations.

Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze confirmed yesterday that their main agenda would be to discuss how best the team can prepare.

“There are a number of items on the agenda but we are mainly looking at how we can help the national team achieve better results at the Chan tournament,” said Mashingaidze. “After qualification we need to come up with the best possible preparations so we want to look at how we can resource friendly matches and camps so that we best prepare the team.”

Zifa will revisit the Asiagate saga and study reports that were sent to Fifa by 16 players and officials who did not appeal against sanctions imposed by the mother body.

The 16 were asked to send reports to Fifa giving their own versions of the story, and Zifa asked the world governing body to go through the reports.

The reports were sent by Fifa this week and Zifa has got until October 4 to respond to the Fifa disciplinary committee.

The Zifa board will also discuss the constitution making process with the new document set for ratification on September 28.

Zifa is engaged in an outreach programme to educate its affiliates on the contents of the document.

The new constitution will see the establishment of a single national division one and more club representation in the Zifa assembly as demanded by Fifa, among many changes.

Zifa is moving towards elections next year and wants to make sure it completes the constitution process so that the new laws are used in the establishment of the new board next year.

A new electoral committee will also be established to start working on the elections.

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