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Zifa president, sport ministry perm sec meet

ZIFA president Cuthbert Dube this week met the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture, Thokozile Chitepo to present her with the requirements and concerns of the country’s number one sport.

By Kelvin Mapasure in Gweru

Dube revealed yesterday that the ministry, which was established as a result of pressure from football in particular, reached out to his association in a bid to address some of the problems that football is facing.

In addition to a crippling debt running into several millions, Dube said he asked for help in recovering assets that the association lost to former administrators.

Zifa has been battling to recover vehicles and generators that the former chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya is alleged to be holding on to.

“The ministry is more than willing to assist us. For the first time, we are going to have our own budget from the government, which will go a long way in helping football,” he said. “We are pleased with the breakthrough we made in the establishment of this ministry. This is one of our achievements as a board”.

Dube was speaking at a Midlands Division Two awards ceremony held in Gweru yesterday.

Gweru City and Chomvuri from Gokwe, coached by former Warriors and Lancashire Steel midfielder Petros “Gala” Sibanda were both promoted to the world of Division One.

Gweru United came second in Division 2A, while Nkayi United were runners up in Division 2B.

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