Fuz hails full FIFpro membership

HARARE - The Footballers Union of Zimbabwe (Fuz) has hailed its attainment of full Fifpro membership describing the development as “victory for Zimbabwean footballers.”

The local football players’ representative arm gained its full Fifpro membership on Monday during the opening ceremony of the international players’ body general assembly in Slovenia.

Fuz secretary general Paul Gundai, who is in Slovenia attending a three-day meeting together with president Desmond Maringwa, was delighted by the development.

“The awarding of full FIFPro membership to Zimbabwean footballers' as it gives them full participation in International football matters and also full legal protection,” said Gundani.

“It is a positive development to our game and will go a long way in improving the welfare and security of our players. Fuz is grateful to the support it received from all football stakeholders, players, the media, individuals and our government during its fight for full membership recognition.”

Fuz, together with five other representatives from Ecuador, Ghana, Malaysia, Namibia and Paraguay were officially admitted as full members.

The addition of these six new members also coincided with the change of leadership that saw Philippe Piat of France being elected FIFPro president for a four-year term. Piat replaces Italy’s Leonardo Grosso who served for three years at the helm of the World Footballers' Association.

The meeting touched on issues facing professional footballers worldwide that includes match-fixing, third party ownership and FIFPro's policy on playing in extreme heat with particular attention being paid to next year's Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

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