Jaure’s Wife Happy With His Progress

“Partson is recovering well, we can even talk now


“Personally, I prefer to keep a low profile, but I guess I have to speak out given the circumstances. It has not been easy for me since that Sunday morning when I received the call from my mother-in-law.

“My mother-in-law called me early in the morning, around 4am, that Sunday, informing me about the accident.

“It was difficult to digest her message. I was shocked and afraid at the same time.

“Partson is a humble guy, which makes him an easy-going husband and partner. He is a loving father and a very supportive husband.

“So, I was wondering why on earth something that bad could happen to a nice person like him. I kept on praying and praying for him.

“We have young children, they need their father. At least the situation is better now, from what the doctors are telling us.

“Recovery is a process, but the doctors seem to be happy with Partson’s progress.

“I have realised one thing: my husband is loved by the Zimbabwean football fraternity. The way Zimbabwe has shown love to my husband in these trying times is really amazing.

“The Jaure family is touched and we are more than grateful. He (Partson) appreciates it.”

“Dynamos have gone out of their way in support of their captain, I thank them for that. The Footballers Union of Zimbabwe, ZIFA and the whole football fraternity have been very supportive in this hour of anguish.”


Chidzambwa Calls It Quits

LEGENDARY former Dynamos and Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa has announced his retirement from football management with immediate effect.


The 67-year old gaffer however said he will remain in the football trenches only as an advisor to practising coaches.

“I can say my days as a coach are over. I’m turning 68 this year, so sitting on the bench won’t be good for me, but I will offer an advisory role to help other coaches.

“Everything has to come to an end, even people can die. I played my part, if someone is not convinced, then that is his opinion, and if he respects it, that’s his opinion too.

“My time is up, I need to give others a chance, the young coaches who have modern ideas.”

Chidzambwa was born on the 4th of May 1952 and he played as a defender for Dembare, with whom he won five league championships.

He also played at international level for the Zimbabwe national team first appearing in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match in 1980.

After suffering a nasty injury, he retired as a player and went on to manage the Zimbabwe national team and became the first coach to lead the Warriors to the African Cup Of Nations in 2004.

He also managed South African side Umtata Bush Bucks, though briefly.

He was re-appointed manager of Zimbabwe Warriors in November 2008 before leaving in May 2010 to manage another South African side Free State Stars.

Chidzambwa quit Free State Stars in August 2010, later becoming manager of Black Leopards.

On 20 October 2012 he was found guilty of match-fixing and subsequently handed a 10-year ban from football management.

However he was to be absolved of the crime for lack of evidence and returned to the national team as one of three Zimbabwe national team coaches in July 2017.

He eventually resigned in July 2019.

Chidzambwa won the Cosafa Cup an individual record 3 times.

The gaffer also led Dynamos to the final of the CAF Champions League final in 1998.

All Stadiums In Zimbabwe Condemned

”The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) would like to inform the football fraternity and the nation that it has received correspondence from the Confederation of African Football that our stadiums do not meet Confederation of African Football (CAF) standards to host international matches.

“Consequently, CAF has made a decision to bar ZIFA from using local stadiums in all upcoming international matches.

“The decision by CAF comes against the background of a CAF stadium inspection which was conducted in November 2019 and the subsequent inspection report circulated on the 1st of December which stipulated areas of improvement for our three stadiums, Barbourfields, Mandava and the National Sports Stadium (NSS), to be fully homologated.

“While Mandava and NSS were completely struck off the roster, Barbourfields was provisionally certified on the condition that issues raised in the inspection report would be addressed.

“While ZIFA is engaging CAF with a view to appeal this decision, we have asked stadium authorities to send us commitment letters detailing timelines on work that needs to be done before CAF comes for another inspection. Once we receive such commitment, we will send to CAF.

“In this moment we urge all stakeholders to work for a common cause for us to quickly right this wrong which takes away our sovereignty. We have been using stadiums which do not meet CAF and FIFA standards for a while now, but we need to put our heads together as a country to ensure that our stadiums are renovated to meet required standards.

“We unreservedly apologise to all football stakeholders for inconveniences that the decision has brought.

“We are hopeful that everyone who has influence to expedite the process of bringing our teams back home will do their part.

“Meanwhile, we have also started the process of looking for an alternative venue in neighbouring countries to host our upcoming matches.”

Dembare To Bring In Two More Players

Dynamos FC Marketing And Public Relations Executive Tinashe Farawo has reiterated their full support for Coach Tonderayi Ndiraya in his quest to reposition the Glamour Boys at the summit of local football.

Dembare has undertaken a massive recruitment exercise that has so far seen 11 players joining the 21-time Zimbabwe champions. This, however, fuelled speculation among fans, media and observers that the Executive were hoarding players without the input of the coaching personnel.

With the first batch of new players being signed during the festive holidays when Ndiraya was away on holiday, speculation was rife that the Executive had panicked and were imposing players on Ndiraya.

However Ndiraya, on his return, was quick to give his seal of approval to everything the Executive was doing. Training commenced last Monday and most of the new players were available adding to Ndiraya’s bliss.

But Dembare are not done yet with Farawo revealing that Ndiraya still needs about 2 more strikers.

“We have been ticking the boxes and we are probably left with one or two strikers to complete our task. We are just working according to the list submitted by the coach and I think we are almost through with it,’’ said Farawo.

“I am sure the coach and his technical team are happy with what we have done so far because we have given them what they have asked for. The coach requested for the players, and we have given him the players, and we think we have delivered on our mandate. Now it’s left to him to work with the resources availed to him. This year should be our year. Our aim is to get to the top and play Champions League football again.’’

Farawo refused to divulge the 2 players left on their list, though it is believed Caps Utd speedy winger Phineas Bamusi is one of them.

But he took time to address fans’ concerns about the culture of acquiring many players each and every season, which used to be unheard of at Dembare.

“We are going to invest more into our development programme. That is why we have Dynamos age-group teams in our structures, and a Dynamos reserve side that is playing in the ZIFA Division Two league.

“We want it to be a big business enterprise, considering the huge potential that this team is sitting on. Dynamos is a club with a rich history, and that should reflect in every aspect.

“Almost every player dreamt of playing for Dynamos, but that hasn’t been the case, of late because of the mistakes of the past.The leadership is addressing those mistakes, and Dynamos will be a team of choice again in terms of winning trophies and marketing players abroad.’’

FULL TEXT: ZIFA Letter On Transfer Window Dates

07 January 2020

To All Affiliates

Dear All


FOR 2020 The above matter refers.

The Zimbabwe Football Association would like to confirm that the transfer window period(s) for 2020 shall be as follows:

a) Opening so, 8th January 2020 at midnight
b) Closing 31 March 2020 at midnight

a) Opening 1st July 2020 at midnight
b) Closing 31st July 2020 at midnight

Please be advise, that international and local transfers have a statutory 15% Transfer Commission payable to ZIFA.

Yours faithfully
Joseph Mamutse