Mzembi's dream needs govt support

HARARE - Zimbabweans should commend Tourism minister Walter Mzembi for his ambitious plan to have the country host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Mzembi revealed Zimbabwe’s interest of hosting the tournament after Libya pulled out for the second time.

“We are dreaming, Mr Speaker, of mega events in the future that will improve hotel accommodation, rooms, hospitality and basically everything in this country,” Mzembi told lawmakers during a question-and-answer session.

“One of them which I had already pronounced and Parliament must take us dead serious on it is the hosting of the World Cup in 2034 by Zimbabwe. For your information honourable members, this project is already inspiring infrastructural projects.”

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has invited new bids for 2017 with countries wishing to host the tournament having until September 30, to send in expressions of interest.

Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana have already announced their interest in hosting the 2017 edition.

Earlier this year, Mzembi also revealed that he hoped the country would bid for the 2034 Fifa World Cup.

Hosting the 2017 Afcon finals will be a major coup for a country like Zimbabwe that has remained stagnant for the past 15 years owing to a crumbling economy.

For Zimbabwe’s bid to be a success, both the government and the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) must convince Caf that the country has the capacity to stage such a prestigious event.

This means there is a lot of development that must be carried out on the country’s infrastructure that includes roads, telecoms, stadia, hotels and hospitals.

This infrastructural development will not only benefit Zifa but the general Zimbabwe public that will continue to use the facilities once the Afcon tournament has ended.

For Mzembi’s dream to come true, there is need for all Zimbabweans to work together and ensure that the country presents a water-tight bid that will impress the Caf executive.

After all the troubles Zimbabweans have faced in the last 15 years since the start of the economic meltdown, hosting the Afcon tournament is likely to bring back smiles on our faces.

It will show the rest of the world that this country has a lot to offer despite the economic and political huddles we have gone through.

Comments (2)

Mzembi must be commended for seeing beyond the clouds. If the Wright brothers had not dreamed of flying we would not have the Aeroplane. fortune favours the brave Mzembi is spot on lets not be satisfied mediocrity and wallow in perpetual poverty. The Japanese took head on Europeans and Americans in car manufacturing while everyone laughed them off as cheap Japanese imports but today Japan produces more cars, reliable cars and are able to compete with the best of Europe and America in terms of the Lexus, Toyota Landcruisers. Back home we have Strive Masiiwa and Econet dream which is there for all to see. Mzembi if only 25% of Zimbos follow your dream we will make it.!!!!

Kambiri - 9 September 2014

I do not always agree with what comes out of our dear president's mouth, but when he said Walter Mzembi is the best Minister in his cabinet, I couldn't agree more. While it may be possible to host AFCON, it's a very steep climb and in my mind, impossible to host the World cup. With just 9 more Ministers like Mzembi in the cabinet, especially in the influential ministries of health, education, transport, communications, foreign affairs, trade and finance, we could make great strides at getting back to being counted as that Jewel of Africa. For now, we can only dream and watch the rest of the world moving ahead without us.

Dr Know - 10 September 2014

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