SPORTS deputy minister Tabetha Kanengoni-Malinga yesterday called on football stakeholders who voted Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) president Cuthbert Dube into office to rescind their decision because he had failed the local game.
Speaking during the question and answer session in Parliament, Kanengoni-Malinga said it was better to be suspended by Fifa for the ultimate good of the local game.
Malinga said corrective measures would be taken during that time such that when the country would be eventually readmitted into the international football family the local game would be in better shape with an able leadership.
“Government is saying we are not happy with Zifa. If we have to be suspended, let it be so. It will help us in future to put our house in order,” she said.
“After the suspension, we will be okay. We won’t be the first to be suspended.”
She said although government was not allowed to interfere in the day –to –day running of local soccer or to remove the leadership of the football governing body, she felt that people who voted Zifa president Dube into office should boot him out because he had failed.
“We are of the opinion that those who voted Cuthbert Dube (into office) should come to their senses and vote him out,” she said. According to Fifa statutes, however, conditions for re-admission would include recalling the people who would have been ejected from office.
Malinga said although the government was struggling financially, it was doing its best to engage other partners and was working on a number of deals with several stakeholders to improve sport in the country.
She said prospects were brighter in 2015 following the country’s successful hosting of the 6th edition of the Zone 6 Youth Games in December last year.