The Zimbabwe Footballs Association (ZIFA) Restructuring Committee says it will soon conduct nationwide stakeholder consultative forums.
In a statement, the Restructuring Committee said that after the public hearings, it will publish a strategic report outlining a multi-year plan for developing football in Zimbabwe. Pindula News is publishing the statement in full below:
ZIFA RESTRUCTURING COMMITTEE TO INITIATE NATIONWIDE STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATIVE FORUMS
The Zimbabwe Football Restructuring Committee appointed by the Sports and Recreation Commission as a year-long effort to transform football in Zimbabwe, advises the public that the committee will soon conduct nationwide stakeholder consultative forums.
Preparations for the public hearings are at an advanced stage and the public will be advised of the dates in due course.
These consultations are part of a process that will lead to the publication of a strategic report outlining a multi-year plan for developing football in Zimbabwe
In conjunction with the public hearings, the restructuring committee is establishing technology portals to facilitate fan participation and engagement.
These portals will increase interactive access to a wider football audience who may not physically attend public hearings.
The portals will provide a mechanism for Zimbabweans in the diaspora to participate in the restructuring process.
Further, the Committee has confirmed meetings with ZIFA officials, female administrators and players. The meetings will be held the week of March 15th 2022. Future meetings will include other stakeholders.
It is our belief, that local fans should expect a football culture and administration that will result in hosting healthy competitive local leagues.
Leagues that act as vehicles for talent identification, development and retention. Leagues that support the progress of women and youth within an empowering comfortable environment.
These efforts must include the establishment of a progressive football development program from the grassroots level to competitive professional leagues for both men and women.
Ultimately, the nation will have the key ingredients for competitive national teams that can perform successfully on the global stage.
For the realization of these objectives, ZIFA will be transformed into a dutiful organization that cares for players, officials, supporters, referees and administrators.
ZIFA will lead by example, becoming a fiduciary institution that is beyond reproach as a financial custodian in the administration of football in Zimbabwe.
Fundamentally, the committee seeks to create a sustainable and productive pathway for successful football in Zimbabwe.
To this end, the restructuring committee has put in place principles of integrity, teamwork, inclusivity and transformation to guide the journey towards developing football.
It will take time; however, the Committee is taking deliberate and significant steps towards finding a solution to the development of our beloved national game.
The Committee is working daily to identify solutions that adequately address the current challenges in football in Zimbabwe, this includes identifying suitable pathways towards a positive re-engagement process with FIFA and CAF and creating a platform for significant growth in the coming years.
The Committee is appealing to every Zimbabwean for support.
Blessing Rugara, Juris Doctor Chairman, ZIFA Restructuring Committee