Football Ambassadors of Zimbabwe (FAOZ)
|Formation||August 21, 2019|
|Headquarters||57 Nelson Mandela, Old Shell House, 3rd Floor Suite 306|
|English, Shona, Ndebele|
|Affiliations||Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare|
|Remarks||+263 77 693 2218|
Football Ambassadors of Zimbabwe (FAOZ) is a Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) registered with the Ministry of Public Services, Labour and Social Welfare. It is an organisation for the former players, it is an all-encompassing grouping, for both men and women.
The Football Ambassadors of Zimbabwe was established in 2019 after local football veterans came together to form a representative and empowerment arm which they intend to use to impart life skills to their members. Although the organisation was established in 2016, it existed on an amateur basis, since it wasn’t legally recognised. It only became official after the issuance of certification in 2019, from the Labour Ministry, but its official launch was delayed due to the Covid-19 induced lockdown.
- To rehabilitate and groom the vulnerable former sports persons for successful integration
- To establish income generating projects for vulnerable former footballers
- To train and coach both female and male players to become professional footballers and give them a platform to competitive opportunities
- To raise awareness amongst sports personalities and football community on the effects of HIV/AIDS as well as substance or drug and alcohol abuse
The FAOZ has lined up several projects, including mining and agriculture, from which the former footballers will benefit. The organisation's aim is to bring those former players together, and empower them through imparting life skills, while having informative programmes that deal with abuse of alcohol and other social menaces. FAOZ are not divorcing themselves from the game, instead, they are aiming to facilitate for their members to enrol for coaching, and administrative courses, for the improvement of the game in the country.
- Tadious Manyepo, , The Herald, Published: May 4, 2021 , Accessed: March 10, 2022