12 June 2018
ZIFA DELEGATION MEETS TOP FIFA OFFICIALS
The Zimbabwean delegates to the 68th FIFA congress in Moscow on Monday held fruitful meetings with top FIFA officials. The delegation is headed by ZIFA vice president, Omega Sibanda, and others in tour are, Executive Committee Member (Finance), Philemon Machana, and the General Secretary, Joseph Mamutse. The trio met with FIFA Director for Africa and the Caribbean, Veron Mosengo – Omba, FIFA Senior Manager for Development programmes (Africa), Solomon Mudege, and the FIFA Manager (Member Associations), Luca Nicola .
Contrary to some social media speculation that Members of the ZIFA Executive Committee would be barred from participating in the historic congress, the ZIFA delegation will participate fully in all congress activities.
In their meetings with FIFA officials the following issues were noted: –
1. The Zimbabwe Delegation appraised FIFA officials of the strides the Association had taken in the development of football in the country.
2. FIFA applauded the Executive Committee for ensuring that Zimbabwe national teams participate in various levels of competitions. Zimbabwe was commended for clinching a sixth COSAFA men’s title.
3. FIFA president Gianni Infantino inquired through Veron Mosengo-Omba on the condition of ZIFA President, Dr Phillip Chiyangwa, and he wished him well.
Consequently the insinuations by falsehoods peddlers that Zifa is on the brink of failing to receive development support are utterly misplaced. ZIFA will continue to benefit from FIFA Development programmes available to all member associations.
FOR AND ON BEHALF OF THE ZIMBABWE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION