Zimbabwe will no longer host this year’s COSAFA senior men’s challenge set to take place from 19 May to 1 June. The Minister of Youth Sports, Art, and Recreation Hon Kirsty Coventry broke the news at a media briefing on 18 February. ZIFA president Felton Kamambo was also present at the event.
Here is what the two had to say about the unfortunate event.
Hon. Kirsty Coventry
We have had some deliberations this morning and we needed to come to the media and the country and let you know some of the outcomes. The main discussions were on and around the hosting of COSAFA, and it has been agreed that at this time that the deal was just not very good for the country or for ZIFA. So, we will not be hosting the COSAFA games this year but we look forward to having adequate time to be able to host a world class event in the near future. We want to make sure that when we do host an event of this magnitude, that we are fully prepared, we have good timing. We just do not feel that that was really given to us this time around. Moving forward, we will continue to work closely with ZIFA in terms of what the next steps are and what the future holds in terms of hosting the event.
As ZIFA, our team will be participating in the COSAFA tournament, wherever its going to be held. We will try and bid for future hosting of COSAFA, that is maybe from 2021 going upwards, so that we have enough time, like the minister has said, to prepare to host this tournament.