By Anashe Murombedzi
THE Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) interim board says they are seized with crafting a roadmap to restore normalcy in local football.
After the Sports and Recreational Commission (SRC) recognised former ZIFA vice president Gift Banda as interim president of the local football mother body, the interim board held a news conference in Harare this Friday to map the way forward with regards to local football matters.
Banda says the board will hold a consultative board meeting to draw a sound roadmap on reforming local football.
“We are behind the scenes with various FIFA policies and we are supposed to come up with a roadmap. You realise we had our EGM because the board was suspended, so we are starting now. So we are going to have a constitutional board meeting to organise an AGM that was last held some time ago. That’s where the road map is coming from on the processes of the way forward.
“It’s a painful journey that we will be walking and it is our hope with the understanding of the general public, that we will sail through because it has become a norm within the association that those who are running are going to run with the help of stakeholders who will genuinely give them good advice,” he said.
As part of the reform process, the interim board says a substantive Warriors coach will be appointed soon.
“We will sit down with my fellow board members and deliberate on our next committee team to come up with the substantive coach, but personally, I prefer local coaches and it is high time we had our own coaches because not everything is foreign. As a nation, we must have an identity on which football are we playing so that the structures will be in our name,” said Banda.
This comes after the SRC lifted the suspension of ZIFA board members Barbra Chikosi, Farai Jere and Sugar Chagonda who were part of the Felton Kamambo-led board, giving them the mandate to run football affairs until December.
While the move is contrary to world football governing body FIFA’s directive for the reinstatement of the entire board, the interim leadership is certain that they will convince FIFA to reconsider Zimbabwe’s case.
FIFA has made it clear that Zimbabwe’s suspension from international football will only be lifted if Felton Kamambo is reinstated with his entire board.