Three for Fifa Congress

The Zimbabwe Football Association will send a three-member delegation to the 2014 Fifa Congress, which will precede the start of the World Cup in Brazil in June.

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube
Zifa president Cuthbert Dube

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube will lead the delegation that also includes the association’s Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze and Zifa board member Benard Gwarada, according to information obtained from the national football federation.

Every national association affiliated to the international football controlling body is allowed three delegates to the Fifa Congress, who can attend the opening round of World Cup matches before they return home.

Although Mashingaidze refused to comment on the matter saying this was far beyond his jurisdiction, sources have revealed that Zifa were taking advantage of the fully-sponsored trip to try and source a Fifa grant for the debt-ridden association.

Zifa are in debt to the tune of more than $5 million and the corporate world has been reluctant to come to their rescue. Just like Zimbabwe Cricket, which has just been bailed-out by the International Cricket Council, Zifa are hoping to get funding from the international football controlling body. Mashingadze said they were confident of the Fifa’s support they were promised in the past.

However, Gwarada has to come up with a financial plan that can convince Fifa, as Zimbabwe are not the only struggling football federation seeking such support.

Fifa president Joseph Sepp Blatter promised some funding for Zimbabwe when he made a stopover here on his way to South Africa early last year. The promise was on condition that Zifa came up with projects that deserved funding.

This will be the Dube’s second attendance at a Fifa Congress.

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