September 5, 2019

Lawmaker calls for sports indaba

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Mukudzei Chingwere

Norton Member of Parliament, Temba Mliswa has recommended an all-inclusive indaba to address problems afflicting sport in Zimbabwe, in the wake of declining standards in the sector. 

Zimbabwe is recovering from an embarrassing incident which saw the country’s senior national women’s football team failing to fulfil a reverse fixture at home against Zambia in the 2020 Olympic qualifier.

There have been several administrative blunders which have cost sport. The local game of cricket got restrictions from the International Cricket Council and the senior men’s football team’s participation at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt was marred by chaos as players demanded allowances before fulfilling some fixtures.

It is against this background that Mliswa, who has a well-documented background in sports management, training and administration, has called for an indaba to save sport in Zimbabwe.

“I have said it before, we need to call a sporting indaba where people who have sporting expertise converge and share ideas.

“It is not something that will benefit me but will help in the development of sports in this country,” he said.

“People manning these positions of sports administration do not have the expertise to do so, that is why we are having these challenges.

“I am standing with the Mighty Warriors in this case. ZIFA should have done more in preparing these girls for the game in every aspect from training to remuneration,” said Mliswa.  

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