Football stakeholders in Plumtree, Bulilima and Mangwe districts have resolved to establish and register a league with Zifa next year following an indaba held at Kombani Lodge on Saturday.
After, the stakeholders — who included members of the local Budile League, Zifa Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Division Two and Three sides NRZ Tigers and Plumtree FC, local businessmen and politicians — went through a lecture conducted by Fifa instructor and Premier Soccer League chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele.
They came up with an interim committee to look into the logistics of forming the league.
They made a resolution which they dubbed the Kombani Declaration and it said: “We have resolved to form a league to cater for teams in Bulilima, Plumtree and Mangwe before the start of the 2012 season and elect an interim executive of seven members from people here present to represent Plumtree, Bulilima and Mangwe.
The league will be registered with Zifa. We have also resolved to call for a meeting with all clubs in the next two weeks to engage the local authorities in Plumtree, Bulilima and Mangwe and other stakeholders.”
The members of the committee are the chief executive officer of Mangwe Rural District Nketha Mangoye Dlamini, Helija Moyo of Budile League, Amagwala FC’s Malaki Sibanda, Dzingilani Sibanda of Hingwe FC, NRZ Tigers’ Clistone Bazaya, Irvine Ncube’s Plumtree FC and the Kombani Africa Knockout Cup Local Organising Committee chairperson Faith Silandulo Dube.
The move was welcomed by Ndebele and the Zifa vice-president (administration) Ndumiso Gumede.
Ndebele took stakeholders through a session on Fifa Principles of Competition and Statutes and Rules before they made the declaration.
Gumede told delegates to the meeting it was up to them to decide at which level they wanted to register their league depending on feasibility and affordability.
Meanwhile, the second edition of the Kombani Africa Knockout Cup was launched at the lodge and in a draw conducted by Gumede, locals sides Plumtree Academy battle it out with Bulilima Select in a semi-final on December 24, while NRZ Tiger take on Highlanders Under-19.
Winners of the tournament will this year pocket $2 000 and runners-up will take home $1 000.
Third and fourth-place takers will not go empty handed as they will get $600 and $400 respectively.
The sponsor of the tournament, Charles Moyo, has also provided participating teams with playing kits.