Football indaba set for today

HARARE - The long-awaited one-day indaba of football stakeholders to look at the financing and administration of football kicks off in Harare this morning.

Vice President John Nkomo is expected to officiate at the meeting, which is the brainchild of Sports minister David Coltart.

Coltart and Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president Cuthbert Dube will also address what is expected to be a high-level indaba.

Cash-strapped Zifa, which signed a Memorandum of Understanding (Mou) with the Education, Sport, Arts and Culture ministry last year, has finally agreed to engage its various stakeholders to map a way forward.

The meeting, among other objectives, hopes to set in motion ways of establishing a Football Trust that will unlock funds for football development programmes.

The other objectives of the meeting include the identification of key football issues that need urgent attention and to come up with strategies to develop grassroots football.

The meeting comes amidst endless calls from Zifa and struggling football clubs on government to increase funding for the game.

During the signing of the Mou between Zifa and the ministry last year, Coltart again emphasised the need to look at all the stakeholders that feed off football finances.

The Harare City Council, for example, gets 30 percent of gate takings revenue.

“We have to bring onto the table all the stakeholders that drain football finances,” Coltart said.
“We simply have to get the financing of football better organised.

“There has to be a collaborative exercise by all stakeholders to ensure that football financing is put on a sound footing. We have to bring together all the stakeholders that drain football finances like city councils.”

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