Zifa crafts strategic roadmap

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has put in place a plan to ensure that the Warriors retain their status as one of the best national teams on the continent.

Zimbabwe has failed to qualify for the last five Africa Cup of Nations as the nation failed to build on the Warrior’s two consecutive appearances in Tunisia (2004) and Egypt (2006).

This strategic plan was proposed at the weekend when the Zifa assembly met for a retreat workshop.

“The strategic workshop has enabled the football mother body to produce on paper a robust strategic plan that should see Zimbabwe ranking among the ten most competitive footballing nations on the continent,” said Zifa on a statement on their website.

“With Zifa’s audited accounts having been ratified by the assembly last Friday, the association seeks to redirect and restructure in order to ensure effective development, promotion and protection of the local brand of football.

“The beautiful game is currently on an all-time low as the national teams have been perennial failures in qualifying for all regional, continental and international competitions save for the CHAN tourney where the Warriors settled for the wonderful fourth place.

“The new plan will incorporate the expectations of all stakeholders as well as those of the association in order to carry along all the concerned parties in the revival of the game.

“On paper the crafting of the road map is indeed promising, the challenge usually comes with implementing but the current administration is optimistic that this is the long awaited ‘dawn’ for Zimbabwean football.”

The association is hoping to get implement the strategic plan without fail.

“We will work tirelessly to ensure that the strategic document does not end on paper, it is our obligation to implement it to the fullest,” Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze said.

Meanwhile, the Zifa assembly also brought to a conclusion the issue of how many teams will be relegated from the Castle Premiership at the end of this season.

“Members of the Zifa assembly have agreed to maintain the status quo and the Premier Soccer League will continue to relegate and promote four teams until the National First Division League is put in place.”

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ZVOKWADI - 29 July 2014

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