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Broke Zimbabwe may quit SWC

2013-01-03 11:58

Harare - Zimbabwe may be forced to withdraw from the 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifying competition as the national football association has no money for a fixture in Egypt during March, a senior official said on Thursday.

"There is no money to pay for travel expenses and other incidentals," said Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) vice-president Ndumiso Gumede.

"We have decided not to engage in any international matches unless the government chips in with financial assistance."

The football association is saddled with a $4 million (three million euro) debt in unpaid accommodation, transport and other bills that accumulated over several years and has been running on handouts from its president, Cuthbert Dube, and diamond firm Mbada Diamonds.

FIFA development officer for southern Africa Ashford Mamelodi, of Botswana, and a financial consultant met ZIFA officials and deplored the state of the association's coffers.

Gumede could not give details of the meetings.

"I did not attend the meetings so I am not in a position to give you any details," he said.

After losing at home to Guinea and drawing in Mozambique, Zimbabwe are due to play Egypt late March in the third series of World Cup qualifiers.

Zimbabwean football has been tainted for several years by a match-fixing scandal in which former chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya sent the national team to play unsanctioned friendlies in Thailand and Malaysia and an Asian betting syndicate allegedly fixed the results.

AFP

Comments
  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2013-01-03 12:09

    SAFA should bale out our neighbours. You dont want to see Zimbabwe collapsing here next door.

      tobydt - 2013-01-03 12:22

      They have already collapsed.

      mi.opinion.714 - 2013-01-03 13:03

      Why? Have we not bailed out old Bob millions of times. Yet he clings to his failed state. And we as his neighbours are turning a blind eye. I'm afraid Zim collapsed many years ago - let JuJu and his cronies help the 'success story' of his Uncle Bob's regime. Yes, it is sad that an international football team can't compete due to a political stuff up... but hey... years ago the sportsmen- and women in SA were also on the receiving end of decisions made a nation's screwed up political leaders. Get rid of Bob and you will again be in a position to 'play with' the rest of the world. Simply because Zim can again become a successful nation...

      gauchet1 - 2013-01-03 14:03

      The price of liberation gone too far. When will the turn come?

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2013-01-03 15:53

      People be sympathic, those are our african brothers. Infact i have a soft spot for zimbabweans just like our former president. Soccer in that country is not in crises yet.. With the loads of buckets we got from the 2010WC we are in a psn to rescue our brothers from another mother

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-03 22:01

      Father Theresa(Mzwandile)

  • dbo.kacebisa - 2013-01-03 12:23

    Are u frm zim bra? It is to bafana cos they beat us always

  • surfing.sam.9 - 2013-01-03 12:35

    This is BS, zanu-pf and malema says it is going so well there. (sarcasm)

  • nhla.prv - 2013-01-03 13:01

    There already has been a follow up story on this.check last week's news.http://www.newsday.co.zw/2013/01/01/zimbabwe-warriors-will-play/

  • Charles Frederik Robberts - 2013-01-03 13:01

    Eish! Heard it was going so well in Zim Land. Even more white farms taken! Now I am confused!

  • maricovercuiel - 2013-01-03 13:19

    Only another african "success" story.

  • ayanda.d.sokhela - 2013-01-03 13:51

    Broke Zimbabwe may quit SWC... I say let them quit. Its not like, they will qualify for it. Rather spend that little money they have left on something else. They remind me of a certain Province south of Zim, I think they should merge and form Zimpopo.

  • mark.k.davidson - 2013-01-03 14:19

    Mzwandile....why don't you bale them out with your money.

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2013-01-03 15:56

      Well if i was Patrice i would. I have a soft spot for Zimbabweans to be precise. I love that country and its citizens and it always pains me to see them suffering. May God be with them at these difficult moments

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-03 22:06

      Mzwandile is getting jas now!!

  • godwin.uanaga - 2013-01-03 15:12

    Please, SAFA FIXED another bafana bafana match and help zim

      kingj.king.33 - 2013-01-03 15:28

      match-fixing might be the only solution they have. They must go to Asia and do the magic

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-03 21:58

      Dogwin I think that you are slowly running out of your minds!!

  • jonathan.mumo.3 - 2013-01-03 16:25

    Ha ha ha mugabe haunting SWC?

  • john.cryink - 2013-01-03 17:16

    how long is it going to take a political disease called cANCer to bankrupt SA?

  • angelo.magalhaes.18 - 2013-01-03 18:06

    SHAME on zifa .........///// its because of the white colonialist HEY . the money ran away with them hey ?

  • cameron.macfarlane.12 - 2013-01-03 20:20

    Can't wait for "economic freedom in our time" to come to S.A! Once you have no money you are liberated from all the problems that comes with it such as having to worry about SWC.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-01-03 21:10

    Now this article caught me with a little bit of suprise, tell what are these guys doing with all the money that they steal by selling fake Dvd's on the streets of South Africa. Don't maybe even think of development back in their country or they only steal to enrich themselves. Please guys don't be selfish steal and think of donating back to Zim. Mr Mugabe on your side aren't u feeling proud of your countrymen when for a change they try to be away from drugs and thug life. Please do something for Zimfa!!

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