The Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai said it joins the people of Zimbabwe in their sorrow and pain following the defeat of the National Soccer team, the Warriors by Angola in Luanda on Sunday. The defeat in Angola stopped the team in its tracks to qualify for the third time for the prestigious African Nations Cup (AFCON) to be held next year in South Africa.
The MDC-T said it notes with concern that the defeat in Angola was not because of the quality of our players but the poor administration exhibited by ZIFA and the Sports Commission. As a party, the MDC calls for the immediate disbandment of the ZIFA board because of double standards and not putting the interests of soccer and the nation at heart.
Zimbabwe has the finest players in the whole of southern Africa and it is a shame that these great players will only be mere spectators at the next AFCON.
The MDC-T calls upon the relevant authorities to make immediate investigations in the conduct of soccer administrators and save our beloved game from total collapse. We note with concern that the administrators involved in the Asiagate match fixing scandal have been let off the hook at the expense of millions of soccer loving Zimbabweans.
As a country we cannot allow these mafia bosses to continue participating in the country's football administration for the sake of looting funds meant for developing our beautiful game. As the MDC-T, we also put the blame on Zanu-PF for politicising soccer through its involvement in the Asiagate where its members were implicated in the scandal and are still involved in soccer administration.
Soccer is one sport that has brought the people of Zimbabwe together after years of being subjected to violence, arrests and poverty. We need to put a stop immediately to maladministration of our sports by a few corrupt individuals.
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