Three Fifa officials will be in the country next month to install the centralised player registry system, a move that the national football association (Zifa) says will help curb age cheating.
A centralised player registry system acts as a database for all the soccer players and football administrators. Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said the system arrived in the country two weeks ago.
“The officials will be in the country from December 15 — 19. They will train one of our administrators Timothy Mazhindu on how the system works.
The highly-sophisticated system arrived in the country some two weeks ago and we have already identified the room where it will be stored,” said Mashingaidze.
He added: “The system will help in terms of data capture, player registration, production of player licences and storage of all other relevant documents to do with players and officials.
All players from the age of 12 will have their data captured into the system. That will help arrest the issue of age cheating and cross transfers because all the information will be available to us.
“We have in the past had problems of age cheating and we have also received numerous complaints of players registering for two clubs at the same time.
That will be the thing of the past because once a player’s data has been captured by the system, it will be easy for us to trace him,” said Mashingaidze.
Mashingaidze also said the system will also help in creating the hall of fame for players and officials.
“At the moment we don’t have most of the information for our past heroes, some as simple as the number of goals our famous players scored.
“But with the system, we will be able to capture such data and help build the foundation for our hall of fame,” said Mashingaidze.
The centralised player registry system is one of the many measures Fifa is putting in place as they seek to arrest the scourge of age cheating.