LOCAL soccer controlling body Zifa and the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) meet next week to formulate a road map for Zimbabwe’s 2010 African Cup of Nations bid,
IndependentSport can reveal.
The indaba next week is envisaged to come up with a bidding committee for the games as a follow-up to Zimbabwe’s requests for the right to host the tournament.
In November last year, the Rafik Khan-led Zifa board informed Africa’s soccer controlling body Confederation of African Football (Caf) of its intention to host the biannual soccer showcase.
Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said once established the bidding committee would prepare a document to be sent to (Caf) by May.
“We need to prepare our bid documents as a matter of urgency and the meeting next week will look into that issue,” Mashingaidze said.
The bidding committee would be in place by mid-February and would be composed of all stakeholders involved in the development of sport in the country.
Mashingaidze said members of the committee were likely to be drawn from Zifa, SRC, government and the corporate world.
The committee would have working committees that would advance Zimbabwe’s bid. IndependentSport also heard that the bid committee would have a separate secretariat from Zifa.
Its mandate would be to look at facilities requiring refurbishments and procurement of equipment.
Information dissemination, Mashingaidze said, was vital to the country’s bid and as such the committee would set up a web-site with information on Zimbabwe’s facilities.
Mashingaidze said that committee would look at how resources would be mobilised with the support of the corporate world.
Mashingaidze said lobbying for the 2010 Nations Cup would be done through sporting ambassadors and Zimbabwe would work with other sporting personalities on the continent like Abedi Pele and Kalusha Bwalya. He said Zimbabwe was still waiting for a response from Fifa on the conferment on Peter Ndlovu as an ambassador of the world soccer governing body.
Zimbabwe, which controversially lost the right to host the 2000 edition, will face stiff competition from Morocco for the 2010 tournament.
Meanwhile Zifa will today unveil its calendar for 2005. The calendar will contain national team fixtures as well as programmes of action on how to finance the national teams.