'Putting heads together'

HARARE - Knocked out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at the first hurdle, bid to host the next edition in 2017 rejected at the first hurdle – things cannot get any worse for Zimbabwean football.

It is with this in mind that key stakeholders of the game here have arranged to meet in Harare tomorrow to discuss the current state of the game in the country.

With Zimbabwean football continuing to suffocate under the yoke of depressing funding – investors, former and current club owners as well as prospective sponsors have decided to come together to chart the way forward by addressing the challenges.

“The purpose of the meeting is to bring together former and current club owners, football investors and prospective sponsors (former and current) so that they can share notes and ideas,” Francis Zimunya, a member of the organizing committee, told the Daily News yesterday.

“It came about as former club directors, for instance Douglas Tanyanyiwa, Eric Rosen, Lovemore Gijima-Msindo, Solomon Mugavazi and many more felt that it is important to come together and share their experiences in football.

“We want to know what made their clubs broke. What were the challenges and problems they faced? What did they actually achieve and if any how did they achieve it?

“We also want current owners of the clubs and football investors to learn from the previous mistakes so that they don’t fall in the same pitfalls.”

Zimunya added: “To be honest, football needs investors and sponsors. It also needs development programmes but it can only be achieved when people are united and pulling in one direction.

“To this effect we have invited Zifa, Sports and Reaction Committee, the Olympics Committee, PSL and the Ministry of Sport so that they hear concerns from those who have been there before.

“We have also invited the current sponsors, investors in football and companies who are not sponsoring football at the moment. We want to know why they are not sponsoring football and for those who are sponsoring; we also want to know why they are sponsoring football.”  

Meanwhile, the Warriors have tumbled down five places down to number 106 in the latest world rankings released by world football governing body Fifa yesterday as the free-fall continues.

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