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Fifa to release funds for Goal Project

Mamelodi, who is in the country to assess how the Fifa Goal projects funds can be used to fast track the construction of the Village, said they have now set September as the deadline.

“The Zifa Village project has gone on for a long time and it is high time we finish it so that we go to the next phase.

“Zimbabwe has been sitting on the US$400 000 fund for a long time and risked losing the funds as is the Fifa rule. However, for the first time I am now confident that the Zifa Village will be completed. I have a strong determination that this time the project will sail through,” he said yesterday.

Mamelodi added that it would take almost US$1million to complete the structure, but they are currently working on a US$400 000 budget.

“We would be working in phases. The first phase is the one on which we have set the September deadline. We have to complete this structure so that we move on to other projects. It is unfortunate that this project has been abandoned at some stage and it is like we are starting afresh,” he said.

He added that it is very unfortunate that the past executives were not active in pursuing the projects.

“Zimbabwe is still on Goal 2 while some countries such as Seychelles are now on Goal 6.  That is not the way to develop football,” he said.

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