Zifa to get govt assistance

GWERU – Zifa president Cuthbert Dube on Saturday revealed that government is likely to allocate the funds to the national football association in the national budget.

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa is expected to present the 2014 National Budget before Parliament anytime this month.

Speaking during the Cuthbert Dube National Awards for the Midlands Province, the Zifa president said the government will also consider establishing a separate ministry for sport.

“We had a meeting with the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sport, Thokozile Chitepo and they have listened to our appeal and I’m glad to announce that Zifa is likely to get an allocation in the national budget,” said Dube.

“The government has finally listened to our appeal and we are likely to have an allocation in the national budget.

“The ministry is going to look into the property that the association have lost and see how best they can help us.

“We are also lobbying for the separate ministry of sports and in our meeting with the permanent secretary she assured us that they will look into the matter.

“We have also lobbied for a legislation or Act of Parliament that touches on match fixing. We want to end corruption in football and perpetrators should be sent to jail.

The Zifa president also condemned violence after the incident that rocked the Highlanders-Dynamos match at Barbourfields Stadium at the weekend.

“Violence perpetrators will be dealt with accordingly. We will ensure we deal with the hooligans from the stadiums,” said Dube

Newly promoted Division One sides Gweru City and Chomumumvuri were handed medals.

Gweru City were promoted into Central Division One after finishing first in the Central Division 2A while Chomumvuri won the Division 2B.

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