Monday, August 20, 2018

Zimbabwe's Minister Of Sport, Art And Recreation Comments On British-Brigade Passport Saga!

Zimbabwe's Minister Of Sports, Arts and Recreation, Cde Kazembe Kazembe.
Zimbabwe's Minister of Sports, Arts and Recreation, comrade Kazembe Kazembe has made a comment regarding the rigmarole of trying to secure passports for the players who were born outside of the country to represent Zimbabwe, denying having formally approached by the national football board (ZIFA) for assistance.

In May 2018 prior to the Cosafa Cup tournament that was played in South Africa, Warriors team manager Wellington Mpandare said they had submitted the documents to the Registrar General's office of players who had been shortlisted by coach Sunday Chidzambga and had approached the Ministry of Sports, Arts and Recreation to help facilitate the process, but ever since then no progress has been done.

Soca263.com tracked Minister Kazembe to find out what exactly is causing the delay and why is he not helping to facilitate the process and here is what the Minister said,

"I have not received any formal communication from Zifa explaining the challenges they have," said minister Kazembe,

"I have read about these issues from the papers and i have also heard people talk about it but I'm yet to see any formal written request. In any case this would go through the SRC( Sport & Recreation Commission). I have not received or seen anything from the SRC."

Coach Sunday Chidzambga had included, Tendayi Darikwa, Macauley Bonne, Andy Rinomhota, Thando Velaphi, Kundai Benyu, Adam Chicksen and German-based Kelly Lunga in his squad to prepare for Africa Cup Of Nations 2019, but the issuance of passports remains a stumbling block with the office bearers responsible playing the blame game.

"I would like to think that there are requirements according to the law of the country for people with such circumstances to be able to get passports," said the Minister

"I'm not sure if these requirements are met by these players and their actual problems if there is problems. Without any written submissions explaining exactly what the challenges are we will not be in position to comment or assist.

"We would love to have as many talented players as possible to play for Zimbabwe", said Cde Kazembe.

However, Zifa team manager Wellington Mpandare insist he tried several times to engage the minister on the issue but without success.

"He refused to see me when he initially agreed, then directed me to SRC. We wrote the letter to SRC and up to now there is no joy", said the Zimbabwe national team manager, Mr. Mpandare.

Chidzambga has also included, Adam Chicksen, Tendayi Darikwa and Kelly Lunga who are still waiting for their documents to be processed, in his 28-man squad to face Congo Brazzaville next month in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier second group G match.

Soca263.com could not reach the SRC for comment, the institution led by Edward Siwela and directed by Joseph Muchechetere and Patience Kabanda as the finance chief.


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