Football resumption: ZIFA considering mini-league format

By Skilder Makona

Football fans will have to wait a little longer for the resumption of the game with consultations still underway at the highest lev

At a time when football stakeholders were expecting the actual date for the return of the most popular sport in the country, it emerged at a media briefing in Harare this Monday that it is still a long way to go although consultations are underway.

While noting that life is slowly getting back to normal, Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Minister, Dr Kirsty Coventry, said proposals for football resumption have been forwarded to the custodians of the game

“We have proposed the Bio-Bubble Concept and gave it to ZIFA so that they can see if it is feasible and work on how best the game could return under the circumstances. I believe it is an issue that the football technocrats are scrutinising and we expect to announce the outcome on whether or not to return in the coming week or two.”

ZIFA President, Felton Kamambo weighed in saying football is the heart and soul of the country’s sporting landscape adding that there are proposals for a mini-league format for the 2020 PSL season.

“Football is life and we are hoping that the competitions board will give a nod on the proposed document by the government. As custodians of the game in the country, we have written to SRC just like any other association and we are waiting for the seal of approval to get back on track. Government has proposed a mini-league format and we are yet to finalise on its adoption.”

Zimbabwe is one of the few countries who are yet to find a way around Covid-19 for the safe resumption of football with other nations such as South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania having done so.

This comes at a time when pressure has been mounting on the custodians of the game after the announcement of dates for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers which get underway in November and the Africa Nations Championship-CHAN set for early next year in Cameroon.