ZIFA league kicks off in March

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THE ZIFA Matabeleland South league is set to resume after an Annual General Meeting, which
is scheduled to be held in February, it has been established.
ZIFA Matabeleland South chairperson, Nkosilathi Ncube, revealed the development and said
after the February AGM, the league would commence.
ZIFA Matabeleland South consists of two pools, Pool A and Pool B.
Pool A derives clubs from Gwanda, Esigodini, Filabusi and Matobo, while Pool B consists of
clubs in and around Beitbridge District.
“What we do before every resumption of the league is have an annual general meeting with all
clubs as we seek to map the way forward for the coming season.
“We will this year hold our AGM in February and then shortly afterwards, probably first week of
March we should be starting the 2023 season,” said the Chairperson.
He revealed that courtesy of the ZIFA National Executive, during the AGM, clubs would be
getting a variety of football equipment.
“Clubs will get soccer balls, uniforms and other equipment and this has been made possible
thanks to our leaders in the national executive,” said Ncube.
Asked on what ZIFA Matabeleland South was doing to tap talent from grassroots level, the
chairperson said: “This is something that we have always discussed at national level. We need,
as a country, to adopt the type of football we can identify with. For example, the Netherlands is
known for their passing philosophy, Spain is known for tiki-taka football, others are known for
playing long balls while others are known for the pressing type of football.
“So, the issue is not about Matabeleland South alone but it should be a national philosophy,
where coaches country-wide will know the type of football we have to identify with. We have,
however, started moving to schools where we are emphasising to school football coaches to have
at least level one or two coaching certificates, if we start from there then we can get something
good in the end.”
He applauded local businessman, Fisani Moyo, for sponsoring a soccer tournament in the region
last season.
“I am thankful to what Mr. Fisani Moyo did. I would like to appeal to all parents, business
people and our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora to also contribute towards the development of
football in the country.

“The President is preaching against the use of illegal substances and the only way we can get the
youth out of trouble is by supporting them through sporting activities and keeping them busy,”
he said.

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