Another Zifa boob

HARARE - The ever-blundering Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) administration shortcomings were exposed once again after they failed to send a representative to a key Caf seminar in Cairo, Egypt.

Caf on Sunday began hosting a three-day workshop on Club Licensing which ends today but sadly there was no participant from Zimbabwe.

A statement on the continental football mother body website outlined the objectives and reasons for holding the seminar.

“A ground-breaking Club Licensing seminar organised by the Confederation Africaine de Football (Caf) was opened on Sunday, 15 March 2015 in Cairo by Caf general secretary, Hicham El Amrani,” said Caf in a statement.

“The objective of 15-17 March seminar includes explaining the Club Licensing processes and timeliness as well as the understanding and improvement of the regulations governing it.

“Others are defining the role of instructors and key stakeholders, provide the needed tools for instructors in the discharge of their duties and also assist Member Associations as far as the implementation of the Club Licensing System is concerned.”

Facilitating at the seminar was Uefa’s Club Licensing manager Giancarlo Dapoto and Fifa development consultant Thomas Grimm.

Most European teams across most leagues have achieved their Club Licensing requirements and Dapota is considered an expert in the field.

Some of the topics covered during the three-day seminar include;

* Caf Club competitions: review of the main problems;

* Studies of two pilot projects (South Africa and Ghana);

* How to develop infrastructure;

* Improved management skills in African clubs;

* Financial Perspectives;

* Ownership and legal status of clubs;

* Grassroots development and planning of youth teams;

* Role of instructors, Federations and Caf clubs;

* Organisation of national seminars for Federations.

Club Licensing is now the cornerstone of football development across the continent with Caf placing a great deal of importance on this subject.

With no local representative in Cairo to attend the seminar, it means the country has lost out on a valuable opportunity to equip clubs.

Club Licensing seeks to ensure that all clubs adhere to strict business principles that will see them publish audited financial accounts yearly.

The pillars of the scheme are ground, first team football, youth team football and legal, administration, finance and codes of practice.

With these structures in place, it will ensure that clubs are run on a commercial basis and there are low risks of clubs going bankrupt.

Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela gave the Daily News a run around when contacted for comment yesterday. At first he said he was not aware of the seminar and would need to find out from his superiors whether anyone from Zimbabwe was present in Cairo.

By the time of going to press, Gwesela was no longer answering his mobile phone. This is the second time in as many weeks that Zifa has been in the eye of a storm with regards to how they were running down the country’s number one game.

Zimbabwe was last week banned by Fifa from participating in the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers after failing to pay former coach Valinhos.

The Brazilian, who took charge of the Warriors between February and October 2008, is owed $60 000 by Zifa and he reported the matter to Fifa.

Since 2012, the Fifa Disciplinary Committee tried to engage Zifa to find a solution to the impasse but the local football association failed to heed the warnings.

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