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Munetsi pleads with the SRC over FIFA suspension

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Marshall Munetsi

France based Warriors midfielder Marshall Munetsi has once again called on the Sports and Recreation Commission to be considerate towards the international careers of players by cooperating with FIFA for the country to be reinstated into international football.

Zimbabwe were suspended from international football in March last year over government interference in the running of the Zimbabwe Football Association and the SRC board chairman Gerald Mlothswa is adamant that reinstatement into international football is not a priority at the moment.

Sports and Recreation Commission board chairman Gerald Mlothswa

With the 2026 World Cup draw set to be conducted soon, Munetsi is worried that Zimbabwe will once again be left out after missing out on the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

“As we approach the next set of qualifiers, as football players we are reminded that our national teams remains banned from participating in any international assignments, this reminder cascades down to the the fans as well, they can’t enjoy the national teams they love to watch playing,” Munetsi said.

“As things stand we continue to lose a generation of talented footballers because they do not have opportunities to showcase their talent during national team assignments, this situation continues to harm not only the future of football in the country but it is depriving the general community of the downstream benefits that football can bring to the social economy of the nation.”

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The Reims midfielder who is in top form this season and has been linked with a move to England implored the responsible authorities in the country to consider the damage that is being done by not playing international football.

“I continue to implore to the SRC and ZIFA urging all the parties involved to find common ground and come to an amicable solution that will allow our football to survive as we move into the future.”

“Our football needs us to find each other and for us to move in one direction and speak with one voice. The partitipation of our country at major tournaments stands to benefit us more.”

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