The Herald (Harare)

23 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Zifa Completes Goal Project

ZIFA president, Cuthbert Dube, says his association have christened this year as "a year of construction of more structures." The mother body is using the Fifa goal project funds to erect football structures.

Speaking at the hand-over of Zifa Village's Conference Centre in Mount Hampden which was constructed under the goal project Phase Three to the tune of US$434 000, the Zifa boss revealed that they are jumping onto the next phase.

He said Zimbabwe was now enjoying the goodwill of Fifa.

Funds from the world football governing body for such projects had been stopped in the past amind concerns that they were being misused.

Fifa restored the facility which has since seen the Zifa Village being refurbished from a sub-standard facility to a state-of-the-art one good enough for national teams to conduct their camping.

Yesterday, the contractors completed another project, a multi-purpose conference room.

Zifa said the next project, which would be the Phase Four, would be the construction of an astro-turf stadium next to the Village and the Conference Centre.

Already, plans for Phase Five, which is to construct the association headquarters in Harare and another facility of sub offices in Bulawayo, are underway.

The mother body has managed to complete all the construction in short period of time as they have directed Fifa to directly deposit all the goal project funds into the accounts of the contractors and architects instead of the association.

"Zifa walks tall today as we receive from the Fifa Goal Project consultants and contractors, the 120 seater conference centre, which shall house meetings, seminars, courses, workshops, expositions, social gatherings and conferences.

"The conference centre we are in today was built, courtesy of the support from Fifa through Fifa Goal Project.

"Zifa never stopped persuading Fifa to avail financial support for the infrastructural development, resulting in Fifa awarding the association, the Fifa Goal Project Three.

"The project has been completed and we have requested Fifa to consider our application for goal project Phase Four.

"Let me hasten to announce that Fifa have donated an artificial turf stadium to the association and work is set to commence once the contractors take delivery of their project inputs.

"The stadium is set to have an astroturf surface, dug outs, mobile goal posts and change rooms," said Dube.

Dube told the newly-appointed trustees, during the tour of the facility, that the place should never be allowed to turn into a white elephant.

"Zifa turns 50 in May this year and the Golden Jubilee celebrations shall be marked by construction of more structures.

"Plans are afoot, to erect on the pheriphery of Harare, a multi-storey building which shall house the association's headquarters.

"Another facility shall house offices of the association shall be built in Bulawayo. Land and the sub offices in Bulawayo is being identified.

"The Golden Jubilee celebrations shall also witness the construction of a museum for football, the Hall of fame, wherein the history of football shall be reposted for posterity.

"The link road from the old Mazowe road to the Zifa Village main gate is set to be completed before year end to afford all of us easy and comfortable access."

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