The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sport, Arts and Culture has quizzed the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) for envisaging hosting the World Cup in 2034 when the soccer mother body is even failing to host the Zone Six Games.
Appearing before the committee, ZIFA president Cuthbert Dube was grilled on the state of affairs of local football.
The ZIFA boss alluded to the fact that his first term in office never delivered any meaningful results, but blamed the then inclusive government for failing to fund soccer activities in the country.
Quizzed on the sustainability of funding football using his own funds, Dube said he has done this because of his passion for football and patriotism.
The Chairperson of the committee, Themba Mliswa took the soccer governing body to task querying the logic of how ZIFA can imagine hosting the World Cup when it has not even managed to host small events such as the Zone Six Games.
Women’s football boss Miriam Sibanda also told the portfolio committee that the state of women’s football is deplorable.
Sibanda also told the committee that there is no commitment to the promotion of women’s soccer which is looked down upon by almost all stakeholders in the football fraternity.
Some of the issues that raised emotions during the portfolio committee proceedings were the lack of a football policy in the country, lack of commitment by government to fund soccer development and concerns that ZIFA has done more damage than benefits to the world’s most beautiful game.