FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Tuesday applauded Zimbabwe for hosting the COSAFA Women's Championship on short notice, which is an indication of the country's hosting capabilities.
Blatter flew into Harare on Monday on an historic visit that charmed the nation and could transform the face of football in the country amid pledges by the game's most-powerful man that they are ready to assist Zimbabwe become a powerhouse.
Zimbabwe President Mugabe met him in the State House, describing Blatter's visit as a great honour to the nation. "Keep thinking of us," Mugabe told Blatter.
Speaking to journalists after a closed-door meeting with Blatter, Mugabe described the visit as a great one from the "most powerful man in world football.
"We hope a bit of his power will remain with us. We are greatly honoured by his visit," Mugabe was quoted by The Herald on Tuesday as saying.
Mugabe joked that Blatter's visit was a good omen to Zimbabwe's national football teams. "We hope now that you are here we will not lose matches," he said.
Blatter took time off his busy schedule to watch the COSAFA Women's Championship match between Zimbabwe and Malawi at Rufaro Stadium on Monday afternoon and was impressed with what he saw. The FIFA boss had positive words for Zimbabwe after the country assumed the saviour's role by putting together a well planned tournament on short notice after the Reunion Island backed out due to financial constraints.
"I' m happy with what I saw. I must commend you for hosting the tournament which is going on well. The fans are very passionate and I was really impressed," said Blatter.
Blatter also praised the development of women's football in Zimbabwe. "Women' s football is developing well in Zimbabwe. It's good to realize that there's now a national league in place with 12 women's teams. It's a sign that the game is growing," added Blatter.
Although Blatter was generally impressed with the progress of local football and other developments related to the game, he nevertheless expressed concern with the state of the road leading up to the ZIFA Village in Mount Hampden, which is in bad state. Meanwhile, the FIFA boss left the country for South Africa on Tuesday morning after spending a day in the country.