Women’s foot­ball meet­ing post­poned

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THE joint Sports Com­mis­sion, Zifa and Women Foot­ball na­tional stake­hold­ers meet­ing to ad­dress var­i­ous is­sues af­fect­ing women foot­ball that had been pen­cilled in for the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium yes­ter­day has been moved to Septem­ber 29.

In a state­ment re­leased by Sports Com­mis­sion’s act­ing di­rec­tor-gen­eral, Joseph Muchechetere late yes­ter­day, the ind­aba had been shelved to al­low stake­hold­ers from out­side Harare to at­tend.

“It was the stake­hold­ers who felt that there was need to post­pone the meet­ing in or­der to al­low the other stake­hold­ers from out­side of Harare to also at­tend the meet­ing and even those from NAPH, NASH, Ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions and other in­sti­tu­tions.

“The pur­pose of the meet­ing was for the SRC and Zifa to gain an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the chal­lenges that are cur­rently be­dev­il­ing women’s foot­ball with a view to re­solv­ing them in an am­i­ca­ble man­ner.

“The chal­lenges that are cur­rently af­fect­ing women’s foot­ball can­not be left unat­tended to, and as the SRC we had de­cided to meet with all the stake­hold­ers in­volved with women’s foot­ball so that to­gether we may come up with a last­ing so­lu­tion,” said Muchechetere.

In Septem­ber last year, the SRC Board com­mis­sioned a Com­mit­tee of In­quiry into the state and ad­min­is­tra­tion of foot­ball that was chaired by Com­mis­sioner Oba­diah Moyo and some of the ob­ser­va­tions made con­cern­ing Women foot­ball in­clude:

That women’s foot­ball op­er­ated with­out a con­sti­tu­tion.

It was ob­served that there was no proper league struc­ture to run women’s foot­ball.

There was no proper sup­port sys­tem from Zifa to the women foot­ball struc­ture.

That there was too much in­ter and in­tra fight­ing among the women foot­ball stake­hold­ers which sti­fled the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the game.

Muchechetere said it is against those ob­ser­va­tions that the Sports Com­mis­sion and Zifa de­cided to con­vene the meet­ing to map the way for­ward.

“The SRC also needs to con­firm that the cur­rent Zifa board led by Phillip Chiyangwa in­her­ited the sit­u­a­tion which is cur­rently ob­tain­ing in women foot­ball hence our ef­forts to work to­gether in or­der to re­solve it.

“The stake­hold­ers should be bear in mind that this meet­ing is not meant to fault find, ac­cuse each other or to den­i­grate one an­other, rather it is meant to build the fu­ture of women’s foot­ball hence the need for pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive en­gage­ment,” said Muchechetere.

Cur­rently women foot­ball is be­ing run by an in­terim com­mit­tee chaired by El­iz­a­beth Langa.

Joseph Muchechetere

Ton­derai Ndi­raya

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