FUZ calls for return of football in Zimbabwe

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The Footballers Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) has called on feuding Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) and the Sports Recreation Commission (SRC) to work together for the sake of struggling footballers whose livelihood has been greatly affected by the absence of football.

The Zimbabwe Castle Lager Premier League traditionally runs between February and November but was disrupted by Covid-19 this year and is yet to resume. While other leagues across the globe have restarted, there is no clear plan in Zimbabwe to get football back.

Clubs were last month given the greenlight to start training although it remains unclear when football will officially be back. At some point there was talk of a mini tournament under the bio-bubble concept, but Zifa reportedly dismissed it as elitist and expensive.

The soccer controlling body has now proposed that leagues resume in March, but the SRC insists the return will have to be phased and in a controlled environment.

FUZ, a union that represents the interests of footballers in the country, believes delays in football resumption have had a massive effect on players.

“It is our view that the current rift between Zifa and the SRC is stalling the resumption of the game.

“While we acknowledge that SRC is empowered to act the way it did when it suspended Zifa CEO Joseph Mamutse and its director-general Prince Mupazviriho, we urge all football stakeholders including government to come together and reach a consensus on the exact date of football restart because there is so much anxiety among players.

“They earn a living from playing football and these delays continue to impoverish them. It is thus important for all stakeholders to find common ground and come up with a firm position on the actual date of football resumption,” said FUZ secretary-general Desmond Maringwa, pictured above.

National team coach Zdravko Logarusic will have to take a group of players who have been inactive for over a year when he leads the Warriors at the CHAN finals in Cameroon next February. The competition is solely for players plying their trade in the domestic League.

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By FARPost Reporter

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