Fifa will soon be coming to Bulawayo to build new Zifa offices in line with the Goal Project 6 after the completion of construction of the Zifa Village in Mount Hampden in Harare.
This was revealed by Zifa president Cuthbert Dube at the Zifa Village on Saturday where he met with football stakeholders from the City of Kings led by the chairman of the Zifa Bulawayo province, Horace Ndubiwa.
Dube said the money was already there and will not be paid directly to Zifa, but to a contractor who would run the project.
Dube said, the Zifa offices in Bulawayo will be demolished and a new building erected.
“They (Fifa) are coming to your province to raze that thing to the ground and build a modern football house. Of course it will not be a two storey or three storey building,” Dube said.
“We don’t want any payment being done through our accounts. Any money that comes goes to the contractor. We just raise an invoice and Fifa is paying the money back to the contractor,” he added.
The Zifa president said they will soon be inviting the Fifa president Sepp Blatter to see the progress that had been done at the Zifa Village where the installation of astro turf on one of the football pitches at the facility is currently underway.
In his speech, Dube, who was flanked by Ndubiwa, Zifa vice-president Ndumiso Gumede, board member (development) John Phiri and the Eastern Region chairman Fungai Chihuri, said they had also applied for the construction of a training centre in Bulawayo.
“The association boasts an asset base that compares to none in the sporting industry. We have the Zifa head office; Zifa Bulawayo office, the guest house in Kensington, Harare and the Zifa Village and Training Centre.
“The artificial turf stadium will be completed before the end of January 2014 and the construction of the new head office will commence in January 2014. We have also applied for the construction of a training centre and offices in Bulawayo once we complete the new head office,” Dube said.
Zifa is planning to move its offices from Number 53 Livingstone Avenue, Harare.
Ndubiwa had briefed the gathering on challenges faced by the Bulawayo province that included the use of local authority-owned stadia, the lack of equipment and sponsorship for the Division Two and Three clubs in the province.
The individual clubs were also represented at the stakeholders’ meeting.