ZIFA Normalisation Committee makes big step towards election roadmap

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ZIFA Normalisation Committee chairman Lincoln Mutasa

The ZIFA Normalisation Committee (NC) has begun in earnest the process which will lead the establishment of an election roadmap for the next assembly to take Zimbabwe football forward.

Fifa appointed the Normilisation Committee in July last year after lifting the country’s suspension form the world football family which lasted for about 17 months.

Zimbabwe was suspended from international football in February 2022 for third party interference in the running of the game in the country after the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) fired then Felton Kamambo-led ZIFA board.

In a statement the Lincoln Mutasa-led NC said they are now seized with the formulation of the committee that will assist in tackling the constitutional review and the electoral code.

Once that is done, they will then be able to hold an annual general meeting to formalise everything needed to hold fresh elections in an enabling environment.

“The Normalisation Committee is presently seized with regularising the ZIFA constitution, which is the first step towards normalizing the ZIFA assembly – which will lead to the establishment of the electoral committee and ultimately elections throughout the footballing pyramid. Once this process has been concluded, elections will be held to deliver a ZIFA assembly we can all be proud of,” the ZIFA NC said in a media statement.

“The time frame will be determined by how quickly the different organs that make up our football pyramid/electoral assembly are able to regularize themselves to meet the demands of our constitution. This process is an important step of the normalisation process and cannot be sacrificed for expedience. It must be done thoughtfully, thoroughly and efficiently. The national consultative process has been designed to kick-start the process.

“Other equally important issues that national consultations will deal with are Technical development – from grassroots to our national team, for both men and women, as well as discussing ways in which we can commercialize and professionalize the game both on and off the field to meet the demands of modern football.

“The NC will also be making presentations on and discussing club licensing and FIFA Connect,” added the NC.

To their credit the NC has ensured that the game continued to grow as they prepare for the elections that will bring in a new ZIFA leadership.

The national teams have managed to fulfill their international assignments with the Warriors taking part in the World Cup qualifiers last year and the Mighty Warrior competing at Cosafa.

For the first time in a long time the Warriors will utilize the Fifa window as they to take part in the Four nations tournament which will conclude on March 26 in Lolingwe, Malawi.

The Norman Mapeza coached side arrives in Malawi today.

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