Fifa’s Mamelodi jets in

FIFA Southern Region development officer Ashford Mamelodi will arrive in Zimbabwe on Sunday to get an update from national association Zifa on progress in the development of a strategic and development plan when councillors meet for a retreat.


Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said yesterday: “We are having a retreat on Saturday and Sunday that will focus on the strategic plan and development phase of football. Then Mamelodi will arrive on Sunday where he will get the document and a full briefing on progress made.”

Zimbabwe football development had suffered a blow in the last three years due to investigations into the alleged match-fixing Asiagate, Cecafa and the Central Region.

The main probe into Asiagate has been completed with life bans handed on 15 players and officials.

Other officials received 10 and five-year bans, while most of the players have to pay fines by December 31 or face various bans ranging from one to three years.

Sunday Chidzambwa, a former Warriors coach, Taurayi Mangwiro of Caps United and players Thomas Sweswe, Method Mwanjali and a journalist have appealed against their bans, thereby meeting the November 30 deadline set by Zifa.

The national association failed to send the Under-17 and U-20 sides for international assignments. Highlanders have been banned for three years for pulling out of the Confederation Cup after the draw had been made, while the Warriors failed to make it to both the 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

The Warriors have had four coaches in the last three years-Norman Mapeza, Madinda Ndlovu, Tom Saintfiet, Rahman Gumbo and now Klaus Dieter Pagels, who will be officially unveiled tomorrow with his assistants.

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