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THE Lifelong Footballers’ Trust have criticised the Zimbabwe football leadership for jumping onto the planes to watch the World Cup in Brazil while domestic football is in intensive care and in need of guidance. Francis Zimunya, the founder of the Trust and veteran football administrator, Chris Sambo, yesterday slammed the country’s football leaders for abandoning their constituency for the glamour of the World Cup.

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube and chief executive Jonathan Mashingaidze are in Brazil where they have been joined by PSL chairman Twine Phiri, Temba Mliswa, chairman of the parliamentary portfolio committee on education, sport, arts and culture and Sports Minister Andrew Langa.

Zifa wrote various letters to individuals and companies asking for donations to help them send members of the portfolio committee on sport to Brazil.

“The clubs and players are suffering while a few individuals are wining and dining with the famous,” said Zimunya.

“The funds used towards the trip should have been used to improve the welfare of the players, whose interests we represent.”

Sambo said Zimbabwe has failed to make an impression at the African Cup of Nations and should be pre-occupied with developing football structures.

Zifa revealed that at most, five tickets, were ordered through the association for the World Cup matches underway in Brazil.

The figures are almost a drop in the ocean compared to the hundreds of tickets secured by Zimbabweans for the last World Cup finals in South African four years ago.

For the 2006 World Cup, Zifa received 290 tickets but the bunch was sold under a shoddy deal that also involved, their international clients, Bacchini International, at grossly inflated prices.

Zifa spokesman Xolisani Gwesela said there was nothing wrong with Zimbabwe getting invites to the World Cup final, like any other affiliate. Fifa paid the direct expenses for Dube and Mashingaidze.

A few months ago, Mliswa was critical of the way Zifa and Sports Commission have been conducting their business, but appeared to soften his stance when he addressed an indaba hosted by the association.

“I have to find out exactly the number of tickets ordered through the association but it’s something like five,” said Gwesela.

“Very people placed orders for World Cup tickets and it could possible that some Zimbabweans purchased through other avenues.

“Zifa never got any complimentary tickets.”

Gwesela said he was not aware how Langa and Mliswa would access tickets to watch matches in Brazil.

“The best people to comment on other tickets would be the Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture,” said Gwesela.

Source : The Herald