The Footballers’ Union of Zimbabwe (Fuz) is pushing to attain full membership status to the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FifPro) when Zimbabwe joins other 50 countries at the world organisation’s general congress to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel early next month.
Warriors great and Fuz secretary-general Paul Gundani will accompany the association’s chairman Desmond Maringwa to Tel Aviv. The pair are scheduled to leave the country on Sunday for the congress which begins on November 1 and ends two days later.
Zimbabwe was elevated from observer status to candidate membership attained almost 12 months ago at a congress held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
With the candidate membership, the country enjoys voting rights and participation in the general assembly.
Kwekwe-based Gundani said they were targeting obtaining full membership status.
“Yes, I am leaving for Israel with Maringwa on Sunday for the FifPro general assembly. As you know we have been candidate members for the past year so are hoping to get full membership status there. To achieve that you must be seen to represent the players well so that you are recognised,” said Gundani.
If Zimbabwe gets full membership status, the country will join South Africa, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon at that level.
Ivory Coast, Morocco and Botswana are candidate members to the Hoofddorp, Netherlands-based FifPro.
Gundani said FifPro has already sent them 50 ballot papers where as many selected local players will be asked to vote for their best 11 world players in the most revered Fifa/FifPro World XI.
“Some 50 ballot papers are already in the country. For the first time we will have our local players participating in the Fifa/FifPro World XI vote.
“They have a chance to cast their votes for the best players in the world.”
Fuz has formal status of a labour union and aims at fighting for local footballers’ liberties.
The local footballers’ labour body is registered with the Ministry of Labour as the “football industry,” and represents players from the Premier League down to the lower echelons of the game.