Karuru makes heartfelt plea to Zim

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Former South Africa-based star Ovidy Karuru has issued a heartfelt plea to the Zimbabwean Football Association (ZIFA) amid the country's possible exclusion from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Al Shoalah winger has called on ZIFA and Zimbabwe's Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) to resolve their conflict for the benefit of football in the country.

The nation is currently banned by FIFA from participating in any international football competitions due to government interference in its soccer federation.

In order for the suspension to be lifted, world football's organising body has asked the country to have the Felton Kamambo-led ZIFA executive committee reinstated after it was removed by the SRC. 

However, this has not yet transpired, and the Warriors face the possibility of being kicked out of Group K for the Afcon 2023 qualifiers, in which they have been lined up alongside Morocco, South Africa and Liberia.

Zim have until two weeks before the qualifiers start to reinstate the Kamambo-led board, and failure to do so will have a detrimental outcome, a prospect former Kaizer Chiefs star Karuru fears.

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The 33-year-old, who was speaking from his current base in Saudi Arabia, shared some emotional words for the two local organisations in question, requesting that they comply with FIFA's demands. 

"Both the SRC and ZIFA should imagine if they were the players, how would they feel with what's happening? They are our fathers and mothers, and they should also consider the feelings of their sons and daughters who play football," Karuru said, according to Soccer24.

"If they had a son or daughter who plays football, were they really going to be fighting like this? We just hope and pray that God will help so that they stop whatever is happening for the sake of the country.

"I think one should humble themselves and let it go for the sake of the country and make the people of Zimbabwe happy by allowing international football. As for the players, I don't really think it will affect people like myself, (Knowledge) Musona, (Tinotenda) Kadewere, (Marvelous) Nakamba, (Marshall) Munetsi, (Teenage) Hadebe, etc., because we are already out of the country.

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"The players that will really be affected are those based at home with dreams to play outside the country because we all know back home things are tough and most of these players are breadwinners because they come from poor backgrounds just like all of us, but God helped us to play outside."

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