ZIMBABWE will host a Cosafa-Interpol Integrity workshop in the resort town of Victoria Falls starting on Friday.
The first edition was hosted by South Africa last August and attracted the then newly-appointed Fifa director of security, Ralf Mutschke, and participants from the Confederation of African Football and the Cosafa region.
Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela said in a statement yesterday: “Participants will be drawn from Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and Lesotho. This is a follow-up to a similar workshop that was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2012.
“It is also imperative to note that this is the first time a member association is asked to host such a high profile workshop.
“It is undeniable veracity that this is vote of confidence for Zimbabwe as we are known for demonstrating outstanding hospitality to visitors.
“Zimbabwe will be hosting this prestigious workshop in the wake of the ghastly and heinous Asiagate scandal which up to this day threatens the survival of Football.
“Consequently, Zimbabwe will be afforded the opportunity to share with other nations its experiences on match-fixing and illegal betting.”
Zifa is in the middle of concluding the final phase of the Asiagate match-fixing scandal with appeals having been conducted for South Africa-based players Thomas Sweswe and Method Mwanjali.
The outcome of the appeals is yet to be released by the special appeals committee.