"Find Common Ground": Munetsi Urges SRC, ZIFA Again
Warriors midfielder Marshall Munetsi has once again urged the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) and Zimbabwe Football Association(ZIFA) to find common ground for the country to play international football.
Zimbabwe was suspended from the international community by FIFA, after the SRC has suspended the Felton Kamambo-led ZIFA executive.
Since then, the impasse between the two bodies has resulted in all Zimbabwean national teams missing out on international competitions, a setback bemoaned by Munetsi. He said:
As we approach the next set of qualifiers, as football players we are reminded that our national teams remains banned from participating in any international assignments, this reminder cascades down to the the fans as well, they can’t enjoy the national teams they love to watch playing.
As things stand we continue to lose a generation of talented footballers because they do not have opportunities to showcase their talent during national team assignments, this situation continues to harm not only the future of football in the country but it is depriving the general community of the downstream benefits that football can bring to the social economy of the nation.
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I continue to implore to the SRC and ZIFA urging all the parties involved to find common ground and come to an amicable solution that will allow our football to survive as we move into the future.
Our football needs us to find each other and for us to move in one direction and speak with one voice. The partitipation of our country at major tournaments stands to benefit us more. Zimbabwe Football.
The GeraldMlotshwa-led SRC insists getting the FIFA ban lifted is not a priority, as they are ‘more pressing issues’ which needs to be solved to restore sanity to Zimbabwean football.