ZIFA congress meets

By Lawrence Trusida

The ZIFA congress met in the capital this Saturday to map a way forward with regards to Zimbabwean football in light of the country’s suspension by the World Football Governing body, FIFA.

40 out of the 60 councilors attended the consultative meeting that was held in the capital with almost all constituencies represented save for central and Southern regions that had no representation.

High on the agenda was the issue of the ZIFA constitution on the provisions of Congress and the executive Committee with regards to the current standoff.

The Congress believes the EGM is the best way to get the FIFA suspension lifted.

ZIFA councilor, Martin Kweza said: “We are going to have the EGM on the 23rd of April and it’s good to note that FIFA did not suspend the constitution of Zimbabwe, so we believe from the EGM FIFA will accept the resolution of the meeting and lift the ban.”

The councilors also admitted their shortcomings in the management of football in the country.

“I think we just left things getting out of hand. We are the supreme body and we should have acted. SRC acted because we didn’t act. We were supposed to act, but we now we are football people and we FIFA can communicate with us because we are football people,” noted another councilor, Alois Masepe.

Other issues discussed in the meeting include the state of women and junior football in the country as well as setting up a legal committee to look at constitutional affairs.

It remains to been seen if this is the route back for Zimbabwean football.