Fifa official tours Zifa village

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Fifa assistant development officer Kele Mosimanewatula on Thursday toured the Zifa Village in Mount Hampden where the architects made their presentations on progress achieved on the stalled Goal Project.

This follows the release of $400 000 by the world soccer governing body for the completion of the project.

Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said: “He will make another visit tomorrow (Friday), meet with the Sports and Recreation Commission before preparing his final report on progress achieved.”

Improvements made include the completion of the earthwork and construction of a football pitch, the construction of dressing rooms, floodlighting, and improving access routes to the technical centre.

On June 2 2009, the Goal Bureau approved Zifa’s second project, which was necessary to complete and renovate the infrastructure constructed as part of the country’s first goal project at a cost of $400 000.

Meanwhile, exactly three years after being hounded out of Zifa, Mashingaidze is back at the helm as the substantive chief executive officer.

He was confirmed by the Zifa Board last Friday and ratified by the council 24 hours later to make his dramatic return after being accused of pocketing money from black market sales of World Cup tickets for the 2006 showcase in Germany.

Fifa never filed a complaint over the so-called lost money, but Mashingaidze was still fired and replaced by Oliver Kanhukamwe, who was the association’s technical director then.

Kanhukamwe was later replaced by Henrietta Rushwaya in 2007, who also lost her job last year, after initially losing it for three days in March 2010.

The decision had been made to fire her in Masvingo at a board meeting.