HARARE – The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president Cuthbert Dube has welcomed the establishment of a separate sports ministry.
Andrew Langa was in September appointed the new minister for Sports, Arts and Culture while education will have its own standalone ministry.
Dube was speaking at the Seven Heroes Cup football tournament held at the Selous Sports Club in Chegutu over the weekend.
The Zifa president sponsored the competition, which was held to honour the first seven liberation war fighters, who launched the first attack on Rhodesian soil in Chinhoyi.
Dube applauded the establishment of the sports ministry which he said will go a long way in helping with the development of all sports at grassroots level.
The Zifa president said the new ministry will also spearhead the upgrading of sports facilities throughout the country that had become dilapidated.
Dube also revealed that Zifa will shortly launch their official website to help market the association to the corporate sector.
“Our communications manager is in the process of setting up and developing our organisation’s website and early next week we would want to engage all our stakeholders and update them on all Zifa business,” said Dube.
“We want to have the website to interact with the public and raise awareness on everything to do with Zifa.
“We are also going to have a newsletter at the beginning of November and a magazine at the end the same month to touch on the 50th anniversary of the association.”
Also present at the tournament was Webster Shamu, who is the new Information and Communication Technology, and Postal and Courier Services Minister.
Shamu lauded Dube for sponsoring the event and said it will go a long way in helping promote upcoming footballers from the area.
Turning to the football, Charamba Ward 20 won the tournament after edging Nehanda Ward 21 in the final with a 1-0 win.
Charamba had dismissed Shirinhengo Ward 18 in the semifinals to reach the final while Nehanda beat Saruve District to book their final berth.
The winners walked away with a cash prize of $2 500, a trophy and four footballs.
Nehanda were given $1 500, a shield and two footballs for coming out second at the tournament.
There were also individual prizes presented to different players at the end of the tournament.
Charamba goalkeeper Wilbert Takazviona won the Goalkeeper of the Tournament, Players’ Player of the Tournament and Most Disciplined Player of the Tournament awards to walk away with $150.
The Player of the Tournament went to Allan Njororo of Nehanda, who got $50 and a shield.