The Zimbabwe Football Association Executive Committee held its first meeting on 21 December 2018 to review the current status of local football and chart the way forward.
The following resolutions were passed.
1. All suspended and banned persons have been pardoned. The executive committee underscored that this was necessitated by the need to unite every football stakeholder and give everyone a second chance. The newly executive committee wants to begin its mandate on a clean slate by giving everyone an equal opportunity to participate in the football revolution.
2. Commercialisation of all national teams – The executive committee will approach football administration as a business enterprise in order to generate revenue to fund development activities and stakeholder welfare. The committee will expedite the kit sponsorship issue as a matter of urgency with a possibility of purchasing own kits. Any sponsors should be able to match the value proposition which we have for our senior team. We are not going to accept deals which are below what we are worth.
3. Engaging the ministry of Sport, Arts, Youth and Recreation with a possibility of government taking over ZIFA’s legacy debt. We will still continue to engage individual creditors to seek lasting solutions to the debt. There is willingness from other parties to work on processes that will significantly reduce the debt
4. Engaging city councils and stadium owners with a proposition to slash levies they are collecting from football clubs, and then reinvest the difference into hosting regions and youth football. As a sign of goodwill, ZIFA will also use its levy from the Premier Soccer League to finance operations of all PSL club which abide to club licensing dictates of having junior teams in the regional leagues.
5. Culture change program through stakeholder engagement – The committee wants to inculcate a change of culture within football stakeholders through organising seminars throughout the country to apprise everyone of the new administration’s goals. This will begin with the induction of assembly members and executive committee members. ZIFA will also conduct a strategic planning meeting to create a roadmap.
6. Setting up of match organising committees to improve event organisation. Representatives from the competitions, finance, marketing and security will work hand in glove to ensure that the match between Zimbabwe and Congo on 24 March will be held flawlessly. Tickets for the match will go on sale at the end of January to reduce inconveniences encountered by supporters on the day of the match.
7. The President, Mr Felton Kamambo appointed standing committee chairpersons as follows:
Competitions – Chamunorwa Chiwanza
Finance – Phillemon Machana
Referees – Bryton Malandule
Marketing – Sugar Chagonda
Player Status – Sugar Chagonda
Women’s football – Barbara Chikosi
Sports Medicine – Dr Chagonda
Development – Bryton Malandule
Futsal and Beach Soccer – Chamunorwa Chiwanza
Human Resources – Phillemon Machana