Local Football Could Return In August- ZIF
Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) yesterday said they are dangling at the possibility of starting local football in August or September this year but will wait for the greenlight from pending authority from the Government, CAF and FIFA before making a final decision.
Local football had to be shelved in light of the COVID-19 which has stopped all sporting and other events across the world and football lovers will have to wait longer till they can see their teams in action.
In a statement, ZIFA said once they get the greenlight form the government, football will likely have to resume in August/September.
‘‘In its meeting on May 3, 2020, the ZIFA Emergency Committee also noted that other football associations were planning to resume football operations around August/September 2020 and has tentatively set this date as to when our leagues will commence should our Government announce the complete end of the lockdown any day before the envisaged dates,’’ the association said in a statement.
‘‘The resumption of football activities will also be done in consultation with CAF and FIFA.
‘‘For ZIFA, should the season begin in September, (this) will see us also aligning our football calendar with the rest of the world,” ZIFA further stated.
Should the changes become effective, it would mean that local leagues will be in sync with European leagues, an idea which had long been proposed for the local game.