The Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Kirsty Coventry has pleaded with Zimbabweans to trust her as she works on finding a lasting solution to the problems bedevilling football in the country.
Zimbabwe is currently under a FIFA ban after the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) suspended the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) board led by Felton Kamambo.
Addressing the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts and Culture, recently, Coventry said:
You need to understand that there’s a lot happening in the background.
Unfortunately, I can’t be forthcoming with everything that is happening in the background, my plea is that you should trust me, I’m asking for your trust.
They are things that are happening, I want to promise the committee that, at the end of the day, I’m not interested in politics, the flexing of muscles, people are there to do their jobs.
My biggest goal is to protect the interest of athletes because I was also an athlete and I understand what they’re going through and it’s not okay.
And, I don’t want my athletes to miss out on any games because they will miss opportunities on the table.
So, I want to tell you that I’m doing everything in my power to make sure that there is, as the Honourable Member said, a chance of us coming together to a mutual agreement on a win-win situation.