By Obert Sithole
The Zimbabwe Football Association are not taking any chances ahead of FC Platinum’s preparations for the forthcoming CAF African Champions League assignments.
With the government suspending all sporting activities due to the spiking Covid-19 cases, ZIFA says they are going to alert SRC on FC Platinum continental assignments coming up in two months time.
ZIFA Competitions and Communication Manager Xolisani Gwesela said the association is going to seek government authority early so that FC Platinum are not going to be prejudiced of crucial time for preparations like they did in the previous edition.
“We are going to apply to Government through the Sport and Recreation Commission so that FC Platinum are going to be granted permission to train and prepare for the upcoming Champions League fixtures”
“We are going to submit the application early this week latest on Monday,”Gwesela said.
FC Platinum will be the country’s only representative in the continental club competitions after Highlanders opted not to participate in the Confederation Cup due to financial constraints.
Last year FC Platinum failed to progress into the group stages of the champions league largely due to inactivity at home because of the freeze on football by the government.
Meanwhile ZIFA Vice President Philemon Machana penned a thread widely circulated of football WhatsApp groups painting a bleak future of the game.
“Covid challenge is still among us and not relenting.I pray you are all safe. It however still confusing why sport and football in particular as an industry is always the first affected whenever restrictions are effected.
While we must all appreciate the goodwill with Central government to preserve lives, some of us are beginning to think our regulator, the SRC is probably not playing a much active role in convincing central government what sport and football in general have been doing to curtail the spread while partaking in the sport.
Statistics from the PSL has shown that a lot has been done to make sure as an industry we do not become a super spreader. Pre testing of participants have been religiously followed with corrective action taken each time there was a reported case. Football was slowly coming back but this on and off is not helping much.
There is now a real danger and threat of extinction of the industry if we as stakeholders do not unite and convince our government that we can still play while ensuring no spreading occurs”, said Machana.