Zifa To Take Advantage of Blatter's Visit To Zim

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube revealed Tuesday night that he had received a letter from Blatter confirming that he will be in Zimbabwe on Monday en-route to Durban, South Africa for the 123rd Session of the International Olympic Committee.

This will be Blatter’s first ever visit to Zimbabwe since election in 1998, He will be accompanied by Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke and the two are expected to visit Zifa’s second Goal Project the Zifa village as well as watch the women’s football match most probably the one between Malawi and Lesotho at Rufaro Stadium.

Blatter is also expected to hold a meeting with Zifa officials and will briefly meet Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.
According to Dube, Blatter was supposed to have visited Zimbabwe last year but failed to do so due to a heavy schedule at the World Cup in South Africa.

Zifa have been battling to put the final touches to the Zifa Village as the stadiums have not yet been finished and Dube revealed they would be seeking more funding to make sure that the stadiums were finished.

At the moment, national junior teams and the women’s soccer team, the Mighty Warriors used the Zifa Village for camping purposes although they could not train there.

Blatter’s visit also comes after his recent unopposed re-election as Fifa president. Zimbabwe has long been a supporter of Blatter. The country was in 1998 accused of voting for Blatter against a decision by the Confederation of African Football for African countries to vote for then then Blatter’s opponent European football chief Lennart Johannsson.