BULAWAYO – The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) leadership will next month embark on a tour of all the country’s 10 provinces as part of a needs assessment program that is aimed at keeping the association’s fingers on the pulse of local football.
This was revealed at an inter-provincial planning forum that was held in Bulawayo at the weekend.
The Zifa Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said the purpose of the meeting was to come up with a road map for the presidential tour.
“These tours will enable the presidium to appreciate the situation on the ground as they will meet with all football stakeholders from the area zones up to premiership level.
“Beyond that we will then come up with a report that we will use as we roll out programmes for development, national teams, marketing and general administration,” Mashingaidze said.
The tours are set to take place between November 9 and December 15.
And in a speech that was read on his behalf by his deputy Ndumiso Gumede, Zifa president Cuthbert Dube urged Zifa councillors to commit themselves to serving football and not their self-interests.
“Football is on the brink of greater things given that we will be going for a special election next year. Elections are meant to anoint the people’s servants and as such, let us prepare ourselves to serve the football family once we get elected,” Dube said.
“Football needs selfless, dedicated, and professional leaders who totally submit themselves to serve football. We are in football not to get rich overnight but football leadership is a calling that expects leaders to change the lives of players, coaches, referees, fans and the nation at large.”
Dube will be accompanied by his deputy Gumede, Zifa CEO Mashingaidze, board member responsible for development John Phiri and honorary members on the planned tours.
Present during the meeting that was held at a local hotel were provincial football leaders from the country’s 10 provinces and the senior national football team coach Ian Gorowa.