ZIFA will convene an all-stakeholders indaba next week to come up with a strategic plan to guide the football mother body in its operations over the next four years.
With so many issues coming up in the last few months including the lack of competitive edge in the national teams, the Cuthbert Dube-led association will attempt to come up with a plan to turn around the fortunes of the game which is in dire straits.
The Warriors hit an all-time low when they were booted out of the 2015 Afcon qualifiers in the preliminary round stage by Tanzania, while the mighty Warriors failed to secure what seemed to be an easy ticket to the African Women’s Championships when they lost to Zambia.
The junior national teams have not been registered in continental competitions while the mother body grapples with a debt running into millions.
All of the Zifa affiliates, stakeholders such as local authorities and sponsors will convene at the Zifa Village next Saturday and Sunday to try and come up with a document that will help dig the game out of a deep hole.
Zifa secretary general Jonathan Mashingaidze said yesterday they will try and come up with a document to spell out the roadmap for the game and find solutions for some of the current problems.
“There are many problems that have been on the table, the national teams, funding, the debt, development and competitions among others,” said Mashingaidze. “All affiliates will make their input and we will also take advice from other stakeholders such as sponsors and local authorities. We will then come up with a document which guides operations throughout the current board’s tenure.”
Such a plan was produced in 2002 and in 2005 but on both occasions it did not yield the desired results.
The football public has been waiting to see what the current board has planned for the game and with the national teams disappointing Zifa is under pressure to come up with an impressive plan; one that they can implement.
“We are going to furnish the government with our plan and we will also appraise Fifa on our wish list so that we can get help in areas that we need it,” said Mashingaidze.